HTC admits smartphone data vulnerability


Kevin Rawlinson
London Independent
October 4, 2011

Mobile phone manufacturer HTC has admitted that its handsets have a built-in “vulnerability” which could allow customers’ personal data to be leaked.

The company said it is working on a fix for the “massive” security problem, which was claimed to make users’ account details – including email addresses, the users’ latest GPS locations, their SMS data and phone numbers – available to third party apps.

It is not known how many people could be affected but the blog which – along with two security experts – uncovered the issue last weekend said it believed that some HTC Sensation models, as well as the EVO 4G, EVO Shift 4G, EVO 3D and Thunderbolt models are all at risk.

On Saturday, the blog Android Police and security experts Trevor Eckhart and Justin Case published claims that a recent HTC update some of its devices running on the Android operating system installed a feature which collected users’ data and – through the vulnerability they identified – made them available to any third party app requesting access to the internet.

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