Sunday, December 3, 2023

Android Mobile Antivirus App Collecting User Data Without Device Owner’s Permission

To keep our personal data safe we use Antivirus, but what results if the Antivirus solution can’t be trusted. Security experts form Check Point discovered a Mobile antivirus DU Antivirus Security collecting user information without their permission.

According to google play store data, this app downloaded between 10 and 50 million times and have a good review from users.

Checkpoint researchers said the app collects information from the device including call logs, Contacts, unique identifiers and even the location of the device. Then this information is encrypted and transferred to a remote server maintained by DU.
Image: Checkpoint

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So what are they doing with the collected information?, they do have another one app(Caller ID & Call Block – DU Caller) which provides caller details and to block calls.All the collected data are utilized with this app.

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The purpose of an Antivirus is to protect the user data but DU Antivirus acts vice versa. Checkpoint security experts reported the app to google and it was taken down by 24, 2017.Along with DU Antivirus, they found other 30 apps with similar behavior and 12 of them from play store.

Mobile antivirus shows legitimate reasons to request additional permissions, such apps should be avoided, By having it is an advantage fraudster will abuse resources. Users are strongly advised to use security solutions from the reputed provider.


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