Android keyboard app leaks personal information about 31 million users



A report published today by the Kromtech Security Center reveals that 31,293,959 users of a Android keyboard app called AI.type have had their personal data stolen and leaked on the internet. 577GB of data was outed thanks to the lack of password protection for the app's database server. The app, which was launched in 2010, was downloaded about 40 million times from the Google Play Store. According to the report, in addition to the 31.2 million users affected by the leak, another database was found containing an additional 753,456 users.

The information contained in the database included client registration data. This data revealed the name of the phone that the app was downloaded on, the device's unique IMEI number, the mobile network that the phone runs on, the name of the phone's owner, resolution of the phone's screen, SMS number, information from social media profiles including birthdates, email addresses, photos and more. Other information leaked included the names of apps downloaded on users' phones.

The app, created by Eitan Fitusi, has a free version that collects more personal data than the paid version, which is monetized by ads. AI.type says that its main concern is user privacy, and that text written using the keyboard is encrypted. But ZD.Net says that it found signs that text typed on the app is recorded and kept by the company. And it wasn't until ZD.Net attempted to get in touch with developer Fitusi that the database was secured.
 

source: ZD.Net

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11 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I stopped using it about 3 years ago, was too laggy.

2. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Wow no android trolls. Must be refreshing phonearena for an Apple article

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Give them time

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You're looking for Android trolls within an Android article? Like seriously dude...is your brain on??

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1037; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Tried it once years ago. Went back to beautiful SwiftKey after a couple of days.

6. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

AI. Type ? Lucky I never heard of it.

9. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Use Gboard. That is all. :)

10. sraj49

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Funny the title is so misleading for normal users majority of them buy iPhones for image and for them the probate need based on title. The title sounds as though the keyboard is part of the Android system OS. When you go inside the article you can see that they are talking about a third party apk. Why can't they be factual. Disappointing

11. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

It's apart of their play store. Still Google's fault they don't check their scamming s**t apps

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