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Even more Android security woes as computer scientists discover permissions gap

Even more Android security woes as computer scientists discover permissions gap

Computer and mobile device security is a tough business. There's hype and then there are real threats and so far most in mobile have been hype (but see AVG-gate). Still, Android is either an OS with a lot of security vulnerabilities or everyone just likes to pick on it. Either way, between Carrier IQ earlier this week and now this paper from North Carolina State University, the little...

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Software recording data & keystrokes on millions of smartphones. Windows Phone exempt?

Software recording data & keystrokes on millions of smartphones. Windows Phone exempt?

If you haven't been following the Carrier IQ saga, let us try to re-cap it for you. Going back to October, it was reported that software on HTC Android phones was recording data and as Android Central lightly put it, "storing it sloppily". Information that was collected included phone numbers, geolocation and account names. It doesn't identify you per se with your name, but rather your...

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Android costing carriers $2B a year in service with Windows Phone faring better

Android costing carriers $2B a year in service with Windows Phone faring better

We know a few things about about Android: they're ubiquitous, have fragmentation, range from super cheaper to top of the line and now evidently they cost carriers a lot of money in service calls and repairs. Up to $2 billion a year, at least according to a white paper by Wireless Dat Service. The study looked at over 600,000 support calls to carriers over the last 12 months. The results...

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