Linked by David Adams on Thu 31st Mar 2011 16:41 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption If you download and use what appears to be a version of the commercial "Walk and Text" Android app from a file sharing site, you're in for a surprise. When you run it, it shows you that it's being "cracked" but it's really gathering information from your device, in preparation for an e-smackdown. It sends a bunch of personal information (name, phone number, IMEI) off to a server, and, just for lulz, text messages everyone on your contact list:
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Just goes to show...
by mrhasbean on Thu 31st Mar 2011 21:46 UTC
mrhasbean
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...how dangerous it is to allow unchecked applications onto a device that has constant and unrestricted access to global data networks.

Again, any thinking person could see something like this happening. Should they have pirated the app - of course not - but two wrongs does not a right make, and collecting then using another person's private information covertly is a bigger crime than the the pirating.

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