New tool spots to identify security and privacy issues with COVID-19 tracing apps


A team of researchers has developed a tool to identify security and privacy risks associated with Covid-19 contact tracing apps.

“COVIDGuardian”, the first automated security and privacy assessment tool, tests contact tracing apps for potential threats such as malware, embedded trackers and private information leakage.

Using the “COVIDGuardian” tool, cybersecurity experts from Queen Mary University of London assessed 40 Covid-19 contact tracing apps that have been employed worldwide for potential privacy and security threats.

They found that 72.5 per cent of the apps use at least one insecure cryptographic algorithm.

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