October 3, 2011- A recent report says that HTC’s Android phones that use Sense user interface could put the user’s personal information at risk. The Android Police website has uncovered in HTC Sense phones HTCLoggers.apk, an application package. This application file (.apk) will allow all apps that have Internet access to sweep up private user data that could include WiFi network info, phone numbers, text messages, e-mail addresses and GPS data.
Someone developing apps would have to know specifically about the hole in security, in order to be able to exploit the problem and gain access to a user’s private data. Now that the problem has been exposed this very well could become a possibility.
The website was able to easily create an app to prove how easily the security hole can be exploited. It was quick to point out that it does not think there are any apps that are specifically taking advantage of this problem at the present moment.
HTC manufactures some of the top Android handsets of today. Some of those they manufacture include Sprint 3D Evo, Verizon Thunderbolt, Evo 4G Shift, Evo 4G and the Inspire 4G from AT&T. HTC has been very successful over the last two years and have successfully championed Android but this latest problem could cause its reputation to become a bit tarnished.