Virtual keyboard app in the event of a data breach


Security researchers claim to have found the personal information of 31 million users Android keyboard app at The.type after the research of an open database online.

The app offers you themed keyboards for mobile phones and tablets.

The researchers claimed the data left visible, including names, telephone numbers, places and Google queries.

The boss of the Israeli company behind the app admitted the violation, but said that most of the non-sensitive data.

Bob Diachenko, by Kromtech Security Centre, part of the security companies Mackeeper, said that the amount of data required by the app download was “shocking”.

“Why is a keyboard and emoji application is necessary to collect all the data of the user of the mobile phone or a tablet?”, he wrote in his report.

“On the basis of loss of the database, they seem to collect everything, from your keystrokes.”

But Eitan Fitusi, ceo and founder of The.type, has told the BBC the amount of data exposed was not as wide as claimed.

“It was a secondary database,” he said of the discovery.

Mr. Fitusi said:
the geo-location data is not accurate
no IMEI information (model number for a particular telephone) had been collected
the behavior of the user collected by the company involved only the ads they have clicked

The database has been locked, and Mr. Fitusi said he was “confident” about the safety of the company.

Mr. Diachenko responded that there were no credit card or payment details, there was a wide range of personal information, including social media profiles.

To.type own figures state that the app has been downloaded approximately 40 million times on the Google Play store since its launch in 2010.