90% of mobile apps have insufficient protection mechanism against hackers

20 June 2019

Experts from Positive Technologies conducted a study that analyzed applications for smartphones. The experts made the following conclusion: in 90% of cases, applications are insecure. Hackers can use them for their own purposes. The flaws are related to the bugs in the defense mechanism.

Positive Technologies specializes in cybersecurity. Their research states that high vulnerability was found in 38% of iOS mobile apps and 43% of Android platforms. A large number of problems are similar for both platforms.

Insecure data storage was named as the most serious flaw. Seventy-six percent of mobile applications contain this vulnerability, which threatens users' personal data, such as passwords, private correspondence and other personal data.

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At the same time, the cybercriminal does not need physical access to the smartphone: in 89% of cases he can use malware.

74% and 57% for iOS and Android, respectively, have a vulnerability in the protection mechanism. 42% - for the server part.

Experts say that such problems arise at the design stage. In order to fix them, significant changes in the code are required.

Most often, applications become unsafe not because of individual vulnerabilities, but because of small flaws in different parts of the mobile application. All together, this poses a threat to the security of user data.

Experts explained that such vulnerabilities can have negative consequences, ranging from financial damage to users to the loss of reputation of the software company.