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Alibaba-Owned Ucweb Accused Of Leaking User Information


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 01:45 PM

Alibaba-owned UCWeb accused of leaking user information
"Chinese and English-language versions of the browser made easily available to third parties personally identifiable information"
 
A Canadian technology research group on Thursday said UC Browser, a popular mobile web browser of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., paid more than $1 billion for leaking sensitive user data.
 
Citizen Lab said the Chinese and English-language versions of the Browser, developed by UCWeb Inc., made easily available to third parties personally identifiable information like location, search details and mobile subscriber and device numbers.
 
The transmission of this information "represents a privacy risk for users because it allows anyone with access to the data traffic to identify users and their devices, and collect their private search data", it said in a report.
 
A spokesman of UCWeb declined to comment.
 
Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto, said UC Browser had more than 500 million registered users and was the most popular web browser in China and India.
 
Citizen Lab said the Chinese version more vulnerable and said that by installing and opening those version users exposed "a significant number" of personal identifiers and location information to third parties.
 
"By leaking a large volume of fine-grained data points to multiple network operators, the UC Browser app is increasing the risks to its users that such data may be used against them by authorities, criminals, or other third parties," it said.
 
Alibaba fully acquired UCWeb last June, in what was at the time the biggest merger in Chinese internet history.
 
Courtesy: The Hindu
 
Key Findings of the Report 
* Crucial user data such as IMSI, IMEI, Android ID, and Wi-Fi MAC address are sent without encryption to an analytics tool based in China called Umeng; which is owned by Alibaba. 
* AMAP, a mapping tool developed by Alibaba receives user’s geological data such as longitude/latitude and address.
* Shenma, which a mobile search engine developed by UC Browser and Alibaba receives all search queries conducted by the user on Google or Yahoo. And this data is not encrypted, which means that anyone, including Chinese Govt. can intercept this data and make good use of the same.
* AMAP, the Alibaba mapping tool receives unencrypted data of the user such as location, total usage of mobile internet, data about nearest mobile tower, WiFi access locations, IP address etc.
* When Chinese users of UC Browser attempt to delete their usage history, the DNS data is not deleted and its saved permanently in some remote Chinese servers. We can assume the same with Indian users as well.
 
"By leaking a large volume of fine-grained data points to multiple network operators, the UC Browser app is increasing the risks to its users that such data may be used against them by authorities, criminals, or other third parties," it said.

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 02:01 PM

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 09:16 PM

 
Key Findings of the Report 
Crucial user data such as IMSI, IMEI, Android ID, and Wi-Fi MAC address are sent without encryption to an analytics tool based in China called Umeng; which is owned by Alibaba. 
AMAP, a mapping tool developed by Alibaba receives user’s geological data such as longitude/latitude and address.
Shenma, which a mobile search engine developed by UC Browser and Alibaba receives all search queries conducted by the user on Google or Yahoo. And this data is not encrypted, which means that anyone, including Chinese Govt. can intercept this data and make good use of the same.
AMAP, the Alibaba mapping tool receives unencrypted data of the user such as location, total usage of mobile internet, data about nearest mobile tower, WiFi access locations, IP address etc.
When Chinese users of UC Browser attempt to delete their usage history, the DNS data is not deleted and its saved permanently in some remote Chinese servers. We can assume the same with Indian users as well.
"By leaking a large volume of fine-grained data points to multiple network operators, the UC Browser app is increasing the risks to its users that such data may be used against them by authorities, criminals, or other third parties," it said.



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 03:08 PM

 

Alibaba-owned UCWeb accused of leaking user information
"Chinese and English-language versions of the browser made easily available to third parties personally identifiable information"
 
A Canadian technology research group on Thursday said UC Browser, a popular mobile web browser of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., paid more than $1 billion for leaking sensitive user data.
 
Citizen Lab said the Chinese and English-language versions of the Browser, developed by UCWeb Inc., made easily available to third parties personally identifiable information like location, search details and mobile subscriber and device numbers.
 
The transmission of this information "represents a privacy risk for users because it allows anyone with access to the data traffic to identify users and their devices, and collect their private search data", it said in a report.
 
A spokesman of UCWeb declined to comment.
 
Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto, said UC Browser had more than 500 million registered users and was the most popular web browser in China and India.
 
Citizen Lab said the Chinese version more vulnerable and said that by installing and opening those version users exposed "a significant number" of personal identifiers and location information to third parties.
 
"By leaking a large volume of fine-grained data points to multiple network operators, the UC Browser app is increasing the risks to its users that such data may be used against them by authorities, criminals, or other third parties," it said.
 
Alibaba fully acquired UCWeb last June, in what was at the time the biggest merger in Chinese internet history.
 
Courtesy: The Hindu
 
Key Findings of the Report 
* Crucial user data such as IMSI, IMEI, Android ID, and Wi-Fi MAC address are sent without encryption to an analytics tool based in China called Umeng; which is owned by Alibaba. 
* AMAP, a mapping tool developed by Alibaba receives user’s geological data such as longitude/latitude and address.
* Shenma, which a mobile search engine developed by UC Browser and Alibaba receives all search queries conducted by the user on Google or Yahoo. And this data is not encrypted, which means that anyone, including Chinese Govt. can intercept this data and make good use of the same.
* AMAP, the Alibaba mapping tool receives unencrypted data of the user such as location, total usage of mobile internet, data about nearest mobile tower, WiFi access locations, IP address etc.
* When Chinese users of UC Browser attempt to delete their usage history, the DNS data is not deleted and its saved permanently in some remote Chinese servers. We can assume the same with Indian users as well.
 
"By leaking a large volume of fine-grained data points to multiple network operators, the UC Browser app is increasing the risks to its users that such data may be used against them by authorities, criminals, or other third parties," it said.

 

nice info



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 03:08 PM

 

 
Key Findings of the Report 
Crucial user data such as IMSI, IMEI, Android ID, and Wi-Fi MAC address are sent without encryption to an analytics tool based in China called Umeng; which is owned by Alibaba. 
AMAP, a mapping tool developed by Alibaba receives user’s geological data such as longitude/latitude and address.
Shenma, which a mobile search engine developed by UC Browser and Alibaba receives all search queries conducted by the user on Google or Yahoo. And this data is not encrypted, which means that anyone, including Chinese Govt. can intercept this data and make good use of the same.
AMAP, the Alibaba mapping tool receives unencrypted data of the user such as location, total usage of mobile internet, data about nearest mobile tower, WiFi access locations, IP address etc.
When Chinese users of UC Browser attempt to delete their usage history, the DNS data is not deleted and its saved permanently in some remote Chinese servers. We can assume the same with Indian users as well.
"By leaking a large volume of fine-grained data points to multiple network operators, the UC Browser app is increasing the risks to its users that such data may be used against them by authorities, criminals, or other third parties," it said.

 

findings super..

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