Wired: An Obscure App Flaw Creates Backdoors In Millions of Smartphones

Wired: An Obscure App Flaw Creates Backdoors In Millions of Smartphones. “A group of researchers from the University of Michigan identified hundreds of applications in Google Play that perform an unexpected trick: By essentially turning a phone into a server, they allow the owner to connect to that phone directly from their PC, just as they would to a web site or another internet service. But dozens of these apps leave open insecure ports on those smartphones. That could allow attackers to steal data, including contacts or photos, or even to install malware.”

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