Application development for Android is on the same hike as that of iPhone App development. There has been recently an application developed that was quite impressive as they collected data from a million users and sent that to the servers in China. This validates that iPhone App Store has got a strong validation that sets higher security standards for users around the world.
The user data exploitation was tied to a simple application that looked more like custom background wallpapers and it is assumed that somewhere from 1.1 million to 4.6 million people downloaded the application. The exact figure cannot be retrieved as Android Market does not offer that brief and precise data.
The action of this application is superb yet impressive to many people out there. The app collects user’s browsing history, text messages, phone’s SIM card number, subscriber identification and even your voice mail password. Isn’t that really impressive? Like there is just one application doing all this stealing and you don’t even have an idea that your wallpaper is spying on you. The application then sends the data to a web site “imnet.us”. The site is said to be owned by someone living in Shenzhen, China according to reports.
Mobile Data Theft
There was a recent issue notified at the AT&T center where hackers got access to around 144 thousands iPad 3G users. This was hacking but not what happened at the Android end. The data that has been taken over by the application is one of the sensitive one everyone has in life. It did exploit the privacy as well as other private norms that you will certainly not like to give up. The scope of damage of Android Application is certainly way beyond that in the AT&T with just a 144 thousands affected.
Application security is another rising subject these days and there seem to be around 47% Android applications that have incorporated third party codes while there are only 23% when it comes to iPhone apps. Apple, further, approves every application through a strict process that validates it before they are being listed in the App Store while there seems to be no similar checks in the Android market where the user is asked for the permission stating the source is not trusted. Most of the users do not consider this warning even so what happens in the end is completely different.
The apps running in iPhone run in the sandbox environment where there is no chance that the application can infect the system. This certainly does not mean that Apple will not get the data violations rather the provider has come up with certain instances where the application stole data but was traced down and pulled down by Apple as violating the privacy policies.
Every Apple application must be signed by Apple itself that makes it harder for malicious applications to become a part of the app world. The developers will find it quite difficult to steal data in such an environment. The problem might arise in both Apple and Android when the Application does not perform the same action that it states.