Dating apps pose US corporate security risk, says IBM
The millions of people using dating apps on company smartphones could be exposing themselves and their employers to hacking, spying and theft, according to a study by International Business Machines. IBM security researchers said 26 of 41 dating apps they analyzed on Google’s Android mobile platform had medium or high severity vulnerabilities, in a report published on Wednesday.IBM did not name the vulnerable apps but said it had alerted the app publishers to problems. Apps such as Tinder, OkCupid and Match have become hugely popular in the past few years due to their instant messaging, photo and geolocation services. About 31 million Americans have used a dating site or app, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study. IBM found employees used vulnerable dating apps in nearly 50 percent of the companies sampled for its research. Using the same phone for work and play, a phenomenon known as “bring your own device,” or BYOD, means users and their employers are both open to potential cyberattacks. “The trouble with BYOD is that, if not managed properly, the organizations might be leaking sensitive corporate data via employee-owned devices,” said the IBM report. IBM said the problem is that people on dating apps […]
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