Security holes in Android and iPhone apps from PayPal, Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, and more could give attackers access to financial data.
By Mathew J. Schwartz , InformationWeek
November 5, 2010 11:29 AM
Smartphone banking applications from Bank of America, Chase, PayPal, TD Ameritrade, USAA and Wells Fargo have bugs that an attacker could exploit to steal people's personal financial information. So said digital forensics firm viaForensics in a security warning released Thursday. The security flaw was not found in the firm's testing of a Vanguard Group smartphone banking app.
"We encountered a surprising and increasing amount of highly sensitive financial and identity information on smartphones," said Andrew Hoog, CIO of viaForensics. "This information, uncovered on both Apple iPhones and Google Android devices, would only benefit cyber criminals and identity thieves. While Google and Apple each approach the app review process differently, neither approach has prevented insecure applications from being installed."
Hoog said that his company began "communicating and coordinating with the financial institutions to eliminate the flaws" on Monday, and that the vulnerability announcement reflects how the applications performed as of Wednesday. "Since that time, several of the institutions have released new versions and we will post updated findings shortly."
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