Private researchers have recently discovered a collection of suspicious privacy related applications and extensions that are allegedly monitoring and storing user activity on remote servers. The suspected software’s have been speculated to affect over 11 million users worldwide. These softwares were available in both extensions for browsers and mobile applications for Android and IOS.
According to a well-known privacy advocate, both the application and browser extensions belong to a US based company named “Big Start Labs” operating out of Delaware. He also went on to saying that the proprietors of the spyware-ridden softwares are difficult to track at the moment nor is it known with whom they share our data.
Alleged spyware application owned by Big Star Labs
Here is the list of all the alleged applications that are owned by Big Star Labs. However, ever since this controversy went mainstream, the company has since then taken down these application from the application stores.
|Poper Blocker||chrome 2,280,000+ users, Firefox 50,000+ users|
|CrxMouse||chrome 410,000+ users|
|Block Site||chrome 1,440,000+ users, Firefox 119,000+ users, Android 100,000+ downloads|
|Mobile Health Club apps||· Speed Booster | 5,000,000+|
· Battery Saver | 1,000,000+
· Clean Droid | 500,000+
· AppLock | 500,000+
The Android operating system has been the most vulnerable in this case, since the Accessibility services of this OS tends to give too much access. What this means is that applications can perform certain tasks without even your interaction. Fortunately, Google has been addressing this issue since last year.