HP Claims that Most Mobile Apps are Insecure
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Nearly all mobile applications present a risk to users, according to a new report from Hewlett-Packard's software division. In a study of 2,107 applications published by 601 companies on the Forbes Global 2000, HP found that 97 percent of the apps in some way accessed private information on the user's device.
HP scanned applications to see which ones were accessing private information, and then tested the applications that accessed private information for security vulnerabilities, Maria Bledsoe, HP Fortify senior manager for product marketing, told eWEEK. "While some of these apps may have a legitimate reason to access private information, the addition of security vulnerabilities puts that private information at risk," Bledsoe said.