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Security, Privacy Issues Found in Tens of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

February 26, 2021

Contact tracing applications have been created to help authorities automate the process of identifying those who have been in close contact with infected individuals.

Using a newly developed tool called COVIDGuardian, which was designed for both static and dynamic program analysis, academic researchers with universities in Australia and the United Kingdom analyzed 40 worldwide Android contact tracing apps and discovered potential security risks in more than half of them.

COVIDGuardian, an automated security and privacy assessment tool, was used to assess the security performance of the analyzed applications against four categories, namely manifest weaknesses, general security vulnerabilities, data leaks (with a focus on personally identifiable information), and malware detection.

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