Iphone tracking device lost phone

 

Four apps available on the Google Play Store were spying on users in secret, according to research released Friday by Mobile security company Lookout. Running a malicious code that Lookout has dubbed Overseer, the apps could track your latitude and longitude and collect information on who you were emailing when.

"That information is incredibly valuable to an attacker who wants to find out where a person is and who they're talking with," said Kristy Edwards, product manager for security research at Lookout.

One of the apps, called Embassy, functioned as advertised in the Play Store, letting users look up their nation's embassy in foreign cities. In the meantime, it turned users' phones into homing devices and sent out email contact lists to accounts hosted on servers run by Facebook and Amazon. The other apps advertised themselves as news apps but didn't actually work. Nonetheless, they also contained Overseer.

Iphone tracking device lost phone

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Four apps available on the Google Play Store were spying on users in secret, according to research released Friday by Mobile security company Lookout. Running a malicious code that Lookout has dubbed Overseer, the apps could track your latitude and longitude and collect information on who you were emailing when.

"That information is incredibly valuable to an attacker who wants to find out where a person is and who they're talking with," said Kristy Edwards, product manager for security research at Lookout.

One of the apps, called Embassy, functioned as advertised in the Play Store, letting users look up their nation's embassy in foreign cities. In the meantime, it turned users' phones into homing devices and sent out email contact lists to accounts hosted on servers run by Facebook and Amazon. The other apps advertised themselves as news apps but didn't actually work. Nonetheless, they also contained Overseer.

Owners of iPhones are having their locations and movements secretly tracked and stored in a file that could be seen by a jealous spouse, it has emerged.

Researchers have discovered that the Apple device saves the user’s latitude and longitude, along with a time and date stamp. 

This means anyone who stole the phone or gained access to the computer it is paired with could build a detailed picture of the owner’s movements.