Security Leak: Is HTC giving out your Private Info?

• 03/10/2011

Privacy-HTC-LeakThere’s a claim about the HTC phones leaking your private data. If you’re an avid HTC app downloader, it is possible that your trusted phone is disclosing your private data through your internet-connected applications such as your locations, information, text messages, system logs, address book details, and location.

The HTC Evo 3D and HTC Thunderbolt are among other HTC models, which leak your information according to Artem Russakovskii, Trevor Eckhart, and Justin Case, which have found this serious problem.

There was an update on that HTC sent a statement pertaining to the matter, and promises to check on it. They say,

HTC takes our customers’ security very seriously, and we are working to investigate this claim as quickly as possible. We will provide an update as soon as we’re able to determine the accuracy of the claim and what steps, if any, need to be taken”

It appears that the alleged HTC phone handsets can presently make one android.permission.INTERNET on the web-connected apps to have access on the personal information of the user.

There is a 3.5 MB log file, which discloses details such as the file system logs, CPU information, a list of the user’s installed applications and permissions, status, and battery life. In addition to the user’s address book, location data, and text messages.

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It all goes down to the logging script which HTC introduced on its recent software updates. HTC said, they are inclined to speak about the script which is intended to be used for collecting data to make the trouble-shooting of the handset easier rather than spying on the users and disclosing their data.

However, of course, with that amount of personal data collected and taken by any old application developer gives us a pretty scary stuff. Currently, the ball is rolling for the HTC in the court, and let’s see what the company does about this matter.

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Tags: android.permission.INTERNET, Artem Russakovskii, htc, HTC app, HTC EVO 3D, HTC phone, HTC ThunderBolt, Justin Case, Private Info, Security Issue, Security Leak, Trevor Eckhart

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