Google binned two apps by China’s Baidu after researchers spotted personal data leakage

Infosec researchers at Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 threat intelligence unit spotted a pair of prominent Chinese apps leaking personal data, and after it informed Google the ad giant dumped the apps from its Play store. The researchers named Chinese web giant Baidu’s Search Box and Maps as the offending apps, saying collected devices’ MAC addresses and the unique International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) that identifies mobile network subscribers.

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