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Snake app exploits security hole in Android phones

Snake app exploits security hole in Android phones

An Android game that covertly spies on the user with location-based data has been exposed by security software vendor Symantec.

Tap Snake harbours secret code which can keep tabs on the user's whereabouts without their knowledge, relaying the data back to a remote server.

The game's data links up with a premium Android app called GPS Spy - a service that plots the movements of an individual on Google Maps.

GPS Spy holds onto the location data for seven days and Symantec estimates that up to 500 Android users have already downloaded the Tap Snake game.

Some claim that Symantec is over-reacting, because the user of GPS Spy would need to physically interact with the mobile that they want to track in order to activate the service using a unique code.

However, it has been argued that even though Tap Snake does not mention its clandestine purposes in the accompanying literature, Android should show users what type of data and services particular apps can access, allowing them to terminate any questionable activities for themselves.

News of the arrival of more spyware for Android phones comes after a malicious Trojan program was recently discovered by Kaspersky Labs.

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