Researchers Find Android Apps Have The Ability To Attack Each Other


Technology, especially security, is a learning experience and a never ending horizon that we must adapt to daily. Just when you think you’re chugging along smoothly, BAM! You get hit with something new. Qian and Qi Alfred Chen and Z. Morley Mao of the University of Michigan have discovered that some Android apps have the ability to attack other apps and steal data and sensitive information. This is quite disturbing as you now have to be even more aware than ever about an apps permissions. It’s also important to note that these experiments were conducted in the Android ecosystem but researches say they should scale over to iOS, Windows and other operating systems.

“We expect the technique to be generalizable to all GUI systems with the same window manager design as that in Android, such as the GUI systems in Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, etc.,” the three wrote in their research paper.

Check out the videos after the break for some documented experiments of this in action and be sure to head over to Tom’s Guide for a comprehensive write up about this whole thing.

The researchers plan on presenting this data at the USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego today (Aug. 22).  It will be interesting to see what comes of this. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: Tom’s Guide
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