Some third party BlackBerry 10 apps are security risks

Some third party BlackBerry 10 apps are security risks
A report published on Monday reveals that some third party BlackBerry 10 apps pose a significant security risk to those who use them on their BlackBerry 10 device. According to the report, native Snapchat apps Snap2Chat and Snap10 are both compromised. Both apps send out hundreds of ads to mobile ad network Smaato which are never seen by the viewer. Both apps also appear to submit unencrypted information to a hidden website used by the developer including the user's name, gender and age. This has been disputed by the developer, Nemory Studios, which is responsible for both apps. Nemory says that the only data being submitted is the User ID. Snapchat has filed a cease and desist order against the developer for using its logo, and for making both Snap2Chat and Snap10 paid apps.

Other high risk apps named in the report use a multiple of the bandwidth that the original app uses, indicating that user data is being submitted to an analytics site. Nemory Studio's Twittly submits analytics and data from Google Translate. Personal data belonging to Twittly users is being sent in plain text over HTTP making it easy to steal. 10 ads per second are sent to Smaato although none are seen by users.

BlackBerry users need to stay away from those third party apps that were found to be a poor security risk. It is amazing when you think about all of the machinations that go on behind the scenes. If you currently have some of those high risk apps installed on your 'Berry, you might want to uninstall them now.


source: FileArchieveHaven via Crackberry

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14 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm surprised that Facebook messenger is not the worst offender.

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Please BlackBerry. Keep your reliance on BB world apps. No need for these crappy sideloaded Android apps. Your marvelous security is the best feature

3. Rydsmith unregistered

Yeah with their amazing banking apps like American Ex...Huntingt...Chas. well their office apps are great especially when paired with Office 36...oh.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21005; Member since: May 28, 2014

Whether they have the banking apps or not, their apps and platform are still more secure than your favorite platform.

10. Rydsmith unregistered

Obviously...hence why this article was not created.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21005; Member since: May 28, 2014

The hate is real in you. That bumburn must really sting.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21005; Member since: May 28, 2014

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol +1

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21005; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nemory Studios has had an app pulled from BlackBerry World due to the same thing. BlackBerry should just stop this developer from creating apps for them altogether.

9. Rydsmith unregistered

Don't think they are in a position to dictate apps with their oh so robust catalog.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21005; Member since: May 28, 2014

They can dictate whatever they like to whomever they like concerning their own platform. BTW, what platform did you say you owned again? None? Then you're in absolutely no position to talk about what anyone can and cannot do with their own platform.

14. soldier820

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Once .... I used to love this company. Now it is just sad to read anything about them.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21005; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry is slowly but surely returning to greatness. They will not be the hardware giant that they once were, but they are a security software powerhouse, and will only become more powerful on that retrospect.

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