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Android Wallpaper App Downloaded by Millions: Steals personal data

An innocent looking Android wallpaper application has been quietly stealing user’s personal information, and may have been downloaded millions of times. The app which actually allows users to change the wallpaper has been taking the phone’s number, every single text message, email and password, and sending it to a website based in Shenzhen, China.

Mike Luttrell of TGDaily is reporting that the findings were presented at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas by mobile security firm Lookout. Android users should be concerned if they downloaded the malicious app from “Jackeey Wallpaper.”

Android app developers have a lot more freedom in what they put on the Android Market compared to the Apple way of doing things.

Before they download the app users are made aware of the kind of information the application has access to. Unfortunately it is too easy for users to bypass these types of warnings when downloading items to their devices. According to Lookout between 1.1 million and 4.6 million Android users have downloaded the app.

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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