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Researchers discover Android apps spying on users' screens

July 06, 2018 / Rob Wright

Academic researchers discover Android apps secretly recording and sharing video of users' screens. Plus, an NSO Group employee lands in hot water, and more. The good news, according to academic researchers, is that your phone most likely isn't secretly listening to your conversations. The bad news is that fears of Android apps spying on users aren't totally unfounded. Computer science researchers at Northeastern University in Boston conducted a massive study of 17,260 Android apps from the Google Play store, as well as third-party marketplaces AppChina, Mi.com and Anzhi. The study, which was published this week in a research paper titled "Panoptispy: Characterizing Audio and Video Exfiltration from Android Applications," found no evidence that apps were secretly enabling device microphones to record and exfiltrate audio data. However, the research team did find evidence of "several" Android apps spying on users by recording video and images of users'...