By now, everyone should know to be as careful as possible with their personal information. Most people understand the risks when online, but what isn’t always as clear is how vulnerable information can be when it’s being used by mobile apps.
The other problem is that it’s an ever-changing landscape when it comes to digital safety, and hackers come up with new techniques all the time. CBS News has the scoop on a particularly scary new one called a UI state interference attack, which researchers at two universities found to be successful at hacking some very popular Android apps with a 92 percent rate of success.
To test the technique, researchers chose the Android apps for WebMD, Gmail, Chase, H&R Block, Amazon, NewEgg and Hotel.com. Gmail and H&R Block proved the easiest to crack, while Amazon was the safest — though the team was still able to hack it 48 percent of the time.
Man-in-the-middle attacks have also been in the news as of late, allowing information to be intercepted when apps are sending it to and from different servers. Again, the most vulnerable apps were found to be free ones running on Android.
What does it all mean? Mostly this: mobile users need to be as careful with their data on phones and tablets, esepcially if they run Android, as they would be using their laptops or desktops. The hackers know the game is afoot on mobile, and that’s something that isn’t going to change.