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Researcher Exposes Smartphone Privacy Threat

ONLINE PRIVACY

February 4, 2010

A Swiss researcher is warning users of a popular smartphone that insufficient security and a design flaw could put their personal data at risk, CNET News reports. Nicolas Seriot, a software engineer and scientific collaborator at the Swiss University of Applied Sciences contends that the "App Store" for Apple's iPhone lacks adequate protection to prevent malicious applications from being distributed to millions of users and accessing personal information on the devices. During a presentation on Wednesday, Seriot explained ways that innocent-looking applications can harvest personal data and send it to a remote server without the user knowing it.

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