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Researchers Discover Android Apps Spying on ­sers' Screens

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The study found "several" Android apps spying on their users.

A study by Northeastern University researchers identified Android apps that clandestinely record and share video and images of users' screens.


An analysis of 17,260 Android applications from the Google Play store and third-party sellers by Northeastern University researchers found “several” clandestinely recording and sharing video and images of users' screens.

The research team executed static and dynamic code analysis to reach this conclusion, and they named some popular apps that performed unauthorized recording of users' screens. Among them is GoPuff, a food delivery app that transmitted recorded video through the Internet to a domain owned by the Appsee Web analytics firm.

The researchers note the recording could contain personally identifiable information such as ZIP codes, while Appsee's software required no permissions to capture the video and did not send alerts to users.

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