Go SMS Professional Messaging App Pulled from Google Play Following Privateness Points

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Go SMS Professional, a well-liked messaging app for Android gadgets, has been pulled from Google Play. The brand new improvement comes simply hours after a severe vulnerability was reported within the app that might permit anybody to entry photographs, movies, and different recordsdata despatched privately by its customers. Go SMS Professional builders had been knowledgeable in regards to the flaw again in August. Nevertheless, no readability has been made on whether or not it has been patched but. The app had over 100 million downloads from Google Play earlier than its removing.

Safety researchers at Singaporean cyber-security agency Trustwave found the flaw in Go SMS Professional that publicly exposes media recordsdata transferred between its customers. The app permits customers to ship media recordsdata comparable to photographs and movies to others, identical to another messaging app. If the recipient would not have Go SMS Professional put in on their gadgets, the media file is shared with them as a URL through common SMS. This hyperlink lets the recipient view the media file utilizing a Net browser.

The researchers, as reported by TechCrunch, discovered that the hyperlinks despatched by way of Go SMS Professional had been sequential and may very well be predicted by somebody who is aware of the way it generates hyperlinks. Which means a foul actor might be capable to entry the recordsdata shared by any Go SMS Professional person by merely altering some components of the URL generated by the app.

Trustwave researchers discovered the problem significantly on the Go SMS Professional model 7.91, although they talked about in a weblog put up that it was nonetheless in place. TechCrunch’s Zack Whittaker talked about in his report that after a couple of dozen hyperlinks, he noticed an individual’s cellphone quantity, a screenshot of a financial institution switch, and an order affirmation that included a person’s dwelling deal with, amongst different particulars.

Go SMS Professional creator GOMO Apps was reached out by Trustwave researchers shortly after they found the flaw in August. Nevertheless, the Guangzhou-based firm did not reply and ensure whether or not the problem was mounted.

TechCrunch reported that it tried reaching out to the Go SMS Professional maker by emailing on two addresses related to the app. Nevertheless, an e-mail despatched to 1 deal with bounced again with a message that the inbox was full, whereas one other e-mail was obtained however wasn’t responded and a follow-up was not even opened.

Devices 360 additionally despatched an e-mail to GOMO Apps for touch upon the problem however did not obtain any response on the time of submitting this story.

The Go SMS Professional app is not obtainable for obtain from Google Play. It might, nevertheless, nonetheless be there on thousands and thousands of gadgets the place it was put in earlier than its removing. The app additionally seems to nonetheless be reside in some areas as a hyperlink for the US location was exhibiting its itemizing on Google Play, although it isn’t accessible in India.

That stated, in the event you’re among the many customers of Go SMS Professional, it is best to think about switching to a distinct app.


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