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Ad libraries, bundled with free apps, could sniff data and even install malicious software.
If Android users click the wrong link, an attacker could intercept phone calls and track their location.
The company knew in 2010 that an app was grabbing users’ personal information.
Rising security incidents and poorly defended phones suggest 2012 could be a risky year for smart-phone users.
Instead of blocking attacks, a startup distracts attackers with false information.
Antipiracy legislation headed for a U.S. Senate vote in January could be fraught with downsides.
A call for smart-phone software that lets users see what data their gadgets are sending out.
Documents point to a huge industry that provides online surveillance tools to governments and police agencies.