Apr 29 2014, 8:12am CDT | by Ahmed Humayun
Caution for all Viber users; they might want to be really careful about whatever they say over the service. According to a news report, Viber gives away the data for its users including both messages and phone calls. The University of New Haven carried out a research which spilled some beans. As it appears, the users’ data gets stored on the Viber’s services and there is no security since the data remains in its unencrypted form. This means that anyone who has access to the link of the data can see it. There is absolutely no peed for passwords and the data remains without any protection.
“The data is stored on Viber’s server in an unencrypted manner. There is also no authentication method used, so anybody who has access to these links can look at this data, retrieve this data, and do whatever they want with it.”
However, when it comes to these mobile messaging apps, Viber might not be the only culprit. Whatsapp has also been prone to such vulnerabilities and without any protection these can easily be exploited. Only a few traffic sniffing tools have to be in place and then this user data can easily be generated. Apparently Viber has made efforts to sort out this issue and it recently stated that “This issue has already been resolved. It is currently in QA and the fix will be released for Android and submitted to Apple on Monday. As of today we aren’t aware of a single user who has been affected by this.”
Though the issue has been fixed, it was still a bit troubling for Viber that it had to fix an issue such as this one.
Source: The Register
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Ahmed Humayun is a technology journalist bringing you the hottest tech stories of the day.
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