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Eggheads confirm: Rampant Android bloatware a privacy and security hellscape

By Shaun Nichols 09 May 2019 at 14:05

The apps bundled with many Android phones are presenting threats to security and privacy greater than most users think. This according to a paper (PDF) from university researchers in the US and Spain who studied the pre-installed software that 214 different vendors included in their Android devices. They found that everyone from the hardware builders to mobile carriers and third-party advertisers were loading products up with risky code.

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