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BizReport : Research archives : December 15, 2016

200+ mobile apps, websites found to be leaking personally identifiable information

More than 200 mobile websites and apps have been found to be leaking personally identifiable information, according to a recent study from Wandera.

by Helen Leggatt

Wandera's latest 'Mobile Leak Report' found that the mobile websites and apps of reputable firms such as Royal Mail, Fox Sports Australia, Thalys, SNCF and AMC Cinemas (Hong Kong) have been leaking personally identifiable information.

A significant percentage of the top 50 adult sites (80%) were found to be leaking sensitive personal information and 28% of the identified data leaks were from travel, entertainment, technology and lifestyle based apps and websites. More than 59% of all leaks identified were from three categories: news & sports, business & industry and shopping.

Most of the leaks included sensitive personal information such as email/username (90%) and passwords (86%) while just 2.3% of the leaked data was credit card information.

"Mobile is well and truly the new frontier for data security," comments Eldar Tuvey, CEO of Wandera. "It's clear that security and compliance risks are far more formidable threats than previously thought. With the reported cost of remedying a mobile breach in the US falling between $250,000 to $400,000 in many cases, enterprises need to take concrete steps to routinely monitor the data that flows to and from each individual device, identify potential security gaps and dynamically respond."

Tags: apps, data security, mobile, privacy, security

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