Personal Data Leaks Via App in Japan
The personal data of around 760.000 people was leaked in Japan through an address book application for handsets. The info comes from security company NetAgent Co and was quoted by Kyodo News. The app is called Zenkoku Denwacho, that translates to Nationwide Address Book and you should know that its latest version was available on Android for free in mid September.
The software allows users to search information listed in a major address book developed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. The application is also made to send personal data stored on the handset’s address book, including names and phone numbers. Those are sent to a rental server, that’s a major breach of privacy, if you ask me. The information was temporarily available through the Internet to the users of the app. About 3,330 people have downloaded the application, meaning their data is vulnerable now.
The Tokyo police is on the case right now, having launched an investigation on the matter. Zenkoku Denwacho was developed by a 30 year old man in the Kanagawa Prefecture and he told Kyodo News that there’s a warning attached to the software, saying that the user’s address books will be used. Still, a breach of privacy remains an issue…