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Peril in a Pandemic: The State of Mobile Application Security


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The Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) analyzed more than 3,000 popular Android applications to assess the state of mobile app security during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study targeted the most downloaded and highest-grossing apps across 18 categories, many of which have seen explosive growth during the pandemic. The research focused on three core areas of mobile app security:

• Vulnerabilities: The presence of known software vulnerabilities in the applications’ open source components
• Information leakage: Sensitive data such as private keys, tokens, and passwords exposed in the application code
• Mobile device permissions: Applications requiring excessive access to mobile device data and features