Android versions of popular cryptocurrency app Bitcoin Ticker Widget and a seeming clone of Steemit, Steemit Earn Money, included software development kit (SDK) tools that extract extensive data on users in the past and are potentially linked to location tracking code from X-Mode a notorious data tracking company, according to a new report from Express VPN Digital Security Lab. Two other personal finance apps also have been found to contain these data trackers.
“We wanted to say to consumers: ‘This is a huge problem; you may not be aware of it,’” said Sean O’Brien, principal researcher at ExpressVPN Digital Security Lab. “Even though these apps aren’t all huge brands, these apps have been downloaded 1.7 billion times, collectively, and millions of times for each individual app. They’re running on people’s phones in their pockets. People are using them for dating and social and finances but they’re not fully aware of the amount of data that’s being scooped