Palo Alto Networks: 94% of popular Android applications used in MEA potentially vulnerable

August 21, 2014 10:34 am

Palo Alto Networks, specialized in enterprise security, has offered new research highlighting security risks in the internal storage used by applications on Google Android devices. More than 94% of popular Android applications used in the Middle East & Africa are potentially vulnerable, Zawya reported. Android Internal Storage is a protected area that Android-based applications use to store private information, including usernames and passwords. But as Palo Alto Networks research reveals, an attacker may be able to steal sensitive information from most of the applications on an Android device using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) backup/restore function. In addition, most of the security enhancements added by Google to prevent this type of attack can be bypassed.