Towards an understanding of the impact of advertising on data leaks

Moonsamy, Veelasha, Alazab, Moutaz and Batten, Lynn 2012, Towards an understanding of the impact of advertising on data leaks, International journal of security and networks, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 181-193.

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Title Towards an understanding of the impact of advertising on data leaks
Author(s) Moonsamy, Veelasha
Alazab, Moutaz
Batten, Lynn
Journal name International journal of security and networks
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 181
End page 193
Total pages 13
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1747-8405
1747-8413
Keyword(s) androids
dynamic analysis
static
data leaks
DroidBox
advertising
mobile phones
cell phones
android applications
malicious software
malware
security
online markets
Summary Recent investigations have determined that many Android applications in both official and non-official online markets expose details of the user's mobile phone without user consent. In this paper, for the first time in the research literature, we provide a full investigation of why such applications leak, how they leak and where the data is leaked to. In order to achieve this, we employ a combination of static and dynamic analysis based on examination of Java classes and application behaviour for a data set of 123 samples, all pre-determined as being free from malicious software. Despite the fact that anti-virus vendor software did not flag any of these samples as malware, approximately 10% of them are shown to leak data about the mobile phone to a third-party; applications from the official market appear to be just as susceptible to such leaks as applications from the non-official markets.
Language eng
Field of Research 080303 Computer System Security
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Inderscience Publishers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051800

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