“We take the security of our users’ location data very seriously,” says Google

Security Roundup: Android smartphones are leaking location data

This week we take a look at a new report claiming some Android smartphones are sharing user locations without permission.

According to findings by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Android device with Android 3.1 Honeycomb or later installed is in Preferred Network Offload mode, meaning it broadcasts the recent Wi-Fi networks it was connected to, allowing anyone within Wi-Fi range to figure out exactly where the user is based and where they have previously been.

Google has released the following statement: “We take the security of our users’ location data very seriously and we’re always happy to be made aware of potential issues ahead of time. Since changes to this behaviour would potentially affect user connectivity to hidden access points, we are still investigating what changes are appropriate for a future release.”

Meanwhile, Kaspersky has revealed that during May, there were numerous mass mailings offering the chance to buy qualifications, which required users to donate to a church that would officially award an honorary doctorate to the benefactor. There were also many spam emails offering to help struggling graduates repay their student loans.

In other news

  • The annual Business Instincts Survey found that under-investment has left many businesses acknowledging the need to increase spend on secure technology.
  • AlienVault has announced it’s new Open Threat Exchange, allowing companies to upload any log file or analysis and insight into their networks.

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