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Scary Permissions Requested by Mobile Apps and Consequences

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Scary Permissions Requested by Mobile Apps and Consequences

  1. 1. Augustine Fou- 1 - Dr. Augustine Fou http://linkd.in/augustinefou May 2013 Scary Mobile App Permissions
  2. 2. Augustine Fou- 2 - Permissions Requested by Apps Augustine Fou- 2 - Install malware Read your texts Connect to Wi-Fi Disable lock screen Change system settings Made to look like official Google app
  3. 3. Augustine Fou- 3 - Permissions Requested by Apps Augustine Fou- 3 - Track where you are Spam others Read all your contacts; track your calls Turn on microphone, take pictures/video
  4. 4. Augustine Fou- 4 - Permissions Requested by Apps Augustine Fou- 4 - Call home to mothership Re-route your calls through servers to record or listen in
  5. 5. Augustine Fou- 5 - It seems that just when Path was emerging from one privacy PR nightmare, another one landed on its doorstep. The day after the company reached 10 million users, The Verge related the story of digital marketer Stephen Kenwright who had an unpleasant experience with the app. Kenwright downloaded the app to his phone, tried it, then removed it. The next morning, he discovered that despite the app being removed, a good many of his contacts had gotten robocalls and texts saying that Kenwright wanted to share items with them through Path. Consequence Augustine Fou- 5 - Read all his contacts Spammed them while pretending to be you
  6. 6. Augustine Fou- 6 - Snapchat Permissions Augustine Fou- 6 - Your messages send SMS messages Network communication receive data from Internet full network access view network connections Phone calls read phone status and identity Storage modify or delete the contents of your USB storage Camera take pictures and videos Microphone record audio Your social information read your contacts Your accounts find accounts on the device System tools test access to protected storage Affects Battery prevent device from sleeping control flashlight control vibration
  7. 7. Augustine Fou- 7 - WhatsApp Permissions Augustine Fou- 7 - Your accounts find accounts on the device use accounts on the device add or remove accounts create accounts and set passwords read Google service configuration Your location approximate location (network-based) precise location (GPS and network-based) Your messages receive text messages (SMS) send SMS messages Network communication receive data from Internet full network access view network connections view Wi-Fi connections connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi Your personal information read your own contact card Phone calls read phone status and identity directly call phone numbers Storage modify or delete the contents of your USB storage System tools modify system settings install shortcuts uninstall shortcuts test access to protected storage Your applications information run at startup retrieve running apps Microphone record audio Your social information read your contacts modify your contacts Affects Battery prevent device from sleeping control vibration Sync Settings read sync statistics read sync settings toggle sync on and off
  8. 8. Augustine Fou- 8 - Facebook Messenger Permissions Augustine Fou- 8 - Your location precise location (GPS and network-based) approximate location (network-based) Your messages receive text messages (SMS) receive text messages (MMS) read your text messages (SMS or MMS) edit your text messages (SMS or MMS) send SMS messages Network communication full network access view network connections view Wi-Fi connections change network connectivity receive data from Internet Your personal information read your own contact card Phone calls read phone status and identity directly call phone numbers Storage modify or delete the contents of your USB storage System tools install shortcuts test access to protected storage Camera take pictures and videos Other Application UI draw over other apps Microphone record audio Your social information read your contacts read call log Your accounts find accounts on the device Affects Battery prevent device from sleeping control vibration Your applications information run at startup Audio Settings change your audio settings Sync Settings read sync settings
  9. 9. Augustine Fou- 9 - Instagram Permissions Augustine Fou- 9 - Your location precise location (GPS and network- based) Network communication full network access receive data from Internet Your personal information read your own contact card Storage modify or delete the contents of your USB storage System tools read battery statistics test access to protected storage Your applications information retrieve running apps Camera take pictures and videos Microphone record audio Your social information read your contacts Your accounts find accounts on the device Affects Battery prevent device from sleeping
  10. 10. Augustine Fou- 10 - Related Articles Fake Facebook Profiles By: Augustine Fou, July 12, 2013 Fake LinkedIn Profiles By: Augustine Fou, July 11, 2012 Online Advertising Fraud By: Augustine Fou, April 30, 2013 Digital is a Philosophy By: Augustine Fou, March 31, 2011 Augustine Fou- 10 -
  11. 11. Augustine Fou- 11 - Dr. Augustine Fou – Digital Consigliere “I advise clients on optimizing advertising and marketing spend; and this includes reducing or eliminating waste. In digital channels, the large amounts of data allow us to detect and mitigate quickly.” FORMER CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, HCG (OMNICOM) MCKINSEY CONSULTANT CLIENT SIDE / AGENCY SIDE EXPERIENCE PROFESSOR AND COLUMNIST ENTREPRENEUR / SMALL BUSINESS OWNER PHD MATERIALS SCIENCE (MIT '95) AT AGE 23 @acfou ClickZ Articles: http://bit.ly/augustine-fou-clickz Slideshares: http://bit.ly/augustine-fou-slideshares LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/augustinefou

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