Cybersecurity company SnoopWall anounced a “threat assessment report” discussing flashlight apps and the security threats they may pose. This isn’t exactly true and in regards to the iPhone’s built-in flashlight it’s even blatantly false.
This whole discussion started when Fox News did a report and brought somebody on from security company SnoopWall to talk about flashlight apps spying on their users.
He starts by saying:
“I think this is bigger than Ebola right now, because 500 million people are infected and they don’t know it. But it’s not them, it’s their smartphones.”
He further says:
“The top 10 flashlight apps today that you can download from the Google Play store are all malware. They are malicious, they are spying, they are snooping, and they are stealing.”
What’s really going on?
The security company in the news report took a look at the permissions for the top 10 flashlight apps and decided that because they require a lot of permissions, they all must be malware.
Nowhere in their report did they actually illustrate or prove that these apps are malware or sending your data somewhere, but they did make a table of the permissions that each flashlight app required.
Three of the apps they listed in their report required way too many permissions. But that doesn’t mean that all flashlight apps are malware.
Top 10 Flashlight Apps permissions
Since we haven’t yet done a full investigation testing every single flashlight app, we can’t be sure that none of these apps are stealing your data, but this seems like a scare tactic from a security company to get people to buy their security software.