Massive Security Vulnerability in some HTC Android Devices

By on October 3, 2011
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None of the official Middle Eastern units effected.

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Not to sound too sensationalist but if you are carrying a recent imported HTC device running on a recent a stock ROM with Sense UI, you could possibly be vulnerable to data leak from an application that requires Internet Access permission upon installation.

Android Police is reporting that a suite of logging tools, dubbed HtcLoggers are loaded onto a range of HTC phones in a recent update that collect a lot of information including, but not limited to, location, user accounts, phone numbers, system logs and some SMS data. As scary as this sounds, any App using Android’s INTERNET permission can access this data and potentially copy it off the device to their server.

We spoke to Neeraj Seth, the Marketing Manager of HTC for MENA and he assured us that none of the official versions of HTC devices in the region are affected by this. So if you have purchased your HTC phone locally and through an authorized channel, you should be safe. Still we highly recommend not installing any new application in the next couple of days.


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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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