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Title: A look into the information your smartphone leaks
Authors: Chadza, Timothy A.
Aparicio-Navarro, Francisco J.
Kyriakopoulos, Konstantinos G.
Chambers, Jonathon
Keywords: Information leaking
Mallory proxy
Man-in-the- middle attack
Mitmproxy
Mobile APPs
Smartphone security
WiFi networks
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © IEEE
Citation: CHADZA, T. ... et al., 2017. A look into the information your smartphone leaks. Presented at the International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC 2017), Marrakech, Morocco, 16-18th May.
Abstract: Mobile applications (APPs) are highly integrated in our daily life. Users benefit from the services that they provide. However, some APPs also pose a risk to users’ personal information. Incidents of APPs leaking information stored in smartphones illustrate the danger that they present. In this paper, we investigate the amount of personal information leaked during the installation and use of APPs when accessing the Internet. We have opted for the implementation of a Man-in-the-Middle proxy to intercept the network traffic generated by 20 popular free APPs installed on different smartphones of distinctive vendors. This work describes the technical considerations and requirements for the deployment of the monitoring WiFi network employed during the conducted experiments. The presented results show that numerous mobile and personal unique identifiers, along with personal information are leaked by several of the evaluated APPs, commonly during the installation process.
Description: This article was published in the 2017 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC) [© IEEE] and the definitive version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1109/ISNCC.2017.8072022
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Grant number EP/K014307/2 and the MOD University Defence Research Collaboration in Signal Processing
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1109/ISNCC.2017.8072022
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26535
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1109/ISNCC.2017.8072022
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