Sloppy security is one thing, the amount of data you give up when you use some apps is another. And this latest case is an example of just that, involving 31 million users.
On last Tuesday, Kromtech Security Center released details on a MongoDB database it found unsecured online containing 577GB of data. The data was collected by predictive keyboard app AI.type from its over 31 million users and was left open for anyone to access.
The data included some serious personal info for just a predictive keyboard app. It had the names, email addresses and locations, along with IMSI and IMEI numbers, IP addresses, phone specs and OS details. Not just that, it also included links to user’s social media profiles and photos.
“Theoretically, it is logical that anyone who has downloaded and installed the Ai.type virtual keyboard on their phone has had all of their phone data exposed publicly online,” said Bob Diachenko, head of communications at the Kromtech Security Center.
“This presents a real danger for cyber criminals who could commit fraud or scams using such detailed information about the user. It raises the question once again if it is really worth it for consumers to submit their data in exchange for free or discounted products or services that gain full access to their devices.”
Ai.type’s founder Eitan Fitusi, on the other, said that the MongoDB database was secured once Kromtech had reported the issue and that the archive only contained “mostly statistical behavior information, about user use patterns of the keyboard.”
“There is no sensitive data there, we are not collecting\storing \sending any password or credit card information,” he said.
“We don’t even learn it on the local device. So no one that uses our keyboard cannot be offended in any way and they all can feel safe, the data is completely flat and non-personal.”