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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Famous mobile apps are spying on you!

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During the last few weeks there have been several occasions where famous and widely used mobile applications have been caught on spying on your device’s clipboard making it possible to capture sensitive information like your credit card information, passwords, personal information, your crypto wallet keys and so on.

TikTok is grabbing contents of the clipboard every 1-3 keystrokes as you can see in the tweet below from @jeremyburge.

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The company said the practice was part of an “anti-spam” feature and that it was being discontinued.

Then a similar issue came to light with the LinkedIn application.

Then came reddit

Two iPhone developers, Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry, raised concerns about clipboard-copying behavior back in February, noting that dozens of apps were engaged in the practice.

The privacy feature in iOS 14, which is still in a limited beta for developers, has revealed several apps engaging in clipboard copying in recent weeks.

Here is a list of the apps discovered so far that have been found guilty of accessing clipboard data:

  1. LinkedIn
  2. Call of Duty
  3. Fruit Ninja
  4. PUBG Mobile
  5. Accuweather
  6. AliExpress
  7. Google News
  8. Tik Tok
  9. Reddit
  10. Overstock
  11. Paetron
  12. ABC News
  13. Al Jazeera English
  14. CBC News
  15. CBS News
  16. CNBC
  17. Fox News
  18. News Break
  19. New York Times
  20. NPR
  21. ntv Nachrichten
  22. Reuters
  23. Russia Today
  24. Stern Nachrichten
  25. The Economist
  26. The Huffington Post
  27. The Wall Street Journal
  28. Vice News
  29. Hotels.com
  30. Hotel Tonight
  31. The Weather Network
  32. Sky Ticket
  33. TruCaller
  34. ToTalk
  35. Tok
  36. Viber
  37. Weibo
  38. Zoosk
  39. 8 Ball Pool
  40. Amaze!!!
  41. Bejeweled
  42. Block Puzzle
  43. Classic Bejeweled
  44. Classic Bejeweled HD
  45. Golfmasters
  46. Plants vs Zombies Heroes
  47. Bed Bath & Beyond

Be very careful with which applications you chose to install on your mobile devices. Until these apps push out updates that fix the clipboard issues try to avoid copying/pasting sensitive data like passwords, credit card numbers, etc

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