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It’s 2AM – Do You Know Who Your Smartphone is Talking to?

This article by Ken Westin covers SpyAware and our recent discovery that LEO Privacy Guard takes highly sensitive, personal information and sends it to Singapore and China in the clear, without encryption.

You can read our whitepaper on LEO right here.

By |September 24th, 2015|

Portland Tribune Article

SpyAware was recently covered in an article in the Portland Tribune.

“A Portland company aims to lift the lid on some of the unwelcome intrusions by apps on the smart phones which most people carry around like voluntary tracking devices.”

By |September 18th, 2015|

The Looming Maximum of Maximums

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims wrote about the possibility of hackers breaching a major data broker. This event would be the data world’s equivalent of the maximum of maximums.

Who Cares?
Comments I’ve read asked why should people care about what you buy? Why is this data valuable to a criminal or anyone else unless it belongs to someone with […]

By |September 15th, 2015|

Leo Privacy Guard threat report whitepaper

Last month we posted that we had discovered some unusual activity by Leo Privacy Guard. Today, we are releasing a Threat Report detailing the information that this app collects about users and sends to a server in Singapore.
The information taken includes sensitive identifying details such as the IMEI, a unique phone identifier, and IMSI, which identifies […]

By |September 9th, 2015|

Spotify: Sign Away Broad Privacy Rights Or Don’t Use Our Service

A lot has been written about how Spotify is changing its EULA, and we at SpyAware have certainly seen it taking a huge amount of information.

See what Spotify is up to on Your Android Phone
SpyAware watches Spotify data as it moves in and out of your Android phone. The screenshot at right shows that, within […]

By |August 22nd, 2015|

A Gentler View of Personal Privacy

In which I attempt to use the phrase “individual dossiers” without making you click over to pictures of a cat nursing hedgehogs.
Alan Henry with LifeHacker wrote an piece last week titled “Another Day, Another Hack: What Security News Should You Care About?” It’s aimed at consumers, but it’s a good lesson for companies like ours […]

By |August 17th, 2015|

Craig Spiegelberg radio interview on Prudent Money

SpyAware president and founder, Craig Speigelberg was interviewed on Prudent Money about how your Android smartphone spies on you, taking data when it’s idle. They’re designed to leak your information, via apps and other technology.

 

Once you hit the ‘accept’ button on the app EULA, you’ve agreed to give that information away. We need our phones […]

By |August 15th, 2015|

The New Threat to Privacy: Data Brokers. Who They Are, What They’re Selling and How to Stop Them

Who are Data Brokers?
Data brokers are private companies that collect and assemble your information with one purpose: to create a complete dossier on you. They do this by correlating data gathered from an enormous variety of sources, including your mobile phone.

What kind of information do they collect?
Just to begin with, it includes basic demographics such […]

By |August 2nd, 2015|

Data Piracy in Action? Leo Privacy Guard

Welcome to our new “Data Piracy in Action” blog series where we will highlight suspicious data activities and seek answers from apps that take information from people’s phones.
Our first data piracy question goes to Leo Privacy Guard. We have noticed Leo Privacy Guard, a security product in the Google Play store, is accessing location information […]

By |July 31st, 2015|

Mobile is the Weak Link

Recently, John McAfee said, “Our paradigms for protecting corporate assets  no longer work,” said MacAfee.
He went on to discuss a consulting gig he had with a government contractor in which he discovered that the company’s competitor had installed a trojan horse on employees’ smartphones that intercepted data about contracts so that they could underbid the company every time.

The New Entry […]

By |July 30th, 2015|