Privacy and Security Issues Found in Popular Shopping Apps

From Zimperium:

Just in time for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season, we investigated the most recent versions* of 30 of the leading, well-known mobile shopping applications to see how the application providers protect users from security and privacy risks.

The results based on our Advanced Application Analysis z3A technology are alarming:

  • 100% of iOS-based apps and 90% of Android-based apps failed to receive a passing privacy grade. This means things like private user data, unique device identifiers, SMS, communications, and data storage are all at risk.
  • 83% of iOS-based apps and 97% of Android-based apps failed to receive a passing security grade. These risks include application capabilities, and critical vulnerabilities.

In addition, we tested the 60 apps (30 iOS and 30 Android) against The Open Web Application Security Project’s (OWASP) Mobile Top 10.

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