Briefly: Samsung, Jay-Z and Spyware

By on July 5, 2013

As reported by the New York Times, Samsung bought a million download of Jay-Z’s new yet-to-be released album to be distributed exclusively via a mobile application to select Samsung devices.  The app – called JAY Z Magna Carta - collects a significant amount of user information, including the phone’s status, identity, device email addresses, device social media accounts and permission to post to social media accounts.  Certainly more than what one would legitimately expect for an album download.

The Andoid operating system has been plagued with spyware, with some reports indicating that 99% of all mobile threats target Android devices.  However, this particular app – apparently not meant to be purposefully malicious  -  seems to be originating from Samsung itself.


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