We all know about flashlights on our smartphones, and most people are probably using them on a daily basis, but did you know that they could be spying on you? Most of the top downloaded flashlight apps are now part of a privacy breach. according to cybersecurity expert Gary Miliefsky of Snoopwall.
Miliefsky, Snoopwall CEO and founding member of the US Department of Homeland Security, recently announced this breach, which infects approximately 500 million people. He has advised two White House Administrations on cybersecurity.
By downloading these apps, the user is allowing their personal information, including location, photos, camera access, financial information, etc. to possibly be sent to China, India, and Russia from the installed malware.
According to the FTC, the Brightest Flashlight application not only provided users with a handy light, but also collected data on their location and device ID. The collected information was then sold to third-party advertisers.
To summarize, these flashlight apps are leaving us in the dark about how our information is being used.
Please watch the video from Miliefsky’s appearance on Fox News’ The Daily Bret with Bret Baier.