Mobile Healthcare Apps are Leaking Sensitive Patient Data

Security Today

Jeff Stuart

A new study shows that popular mobile health applications are potentially compromising millions of patients, potentially exposing social security numbers, addresses, birthdates, allergies, medications and other sensitive data.

“All That We Let In” a new study from Approov and cybersecurity researcher Alissa Knight, revealed API vulnerabilities in the 30 popular mobile health apps tested, impacting an estimated 23 million mHealth users. However, with more than 318,000 mHealth apps now available on major app stores, researchers expect that the number of patients impacted is likely far greater.

Among vulnerabilities discovered:

50 percent of the records accessed contained...

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