Gun Geo Marker App Under Fire For Listing Homes Of Gun Owners

Gun Geo Marker App Under Fire For Listing Homes Of Gun OwnersA new Android app asks users to expose the home addresses of gun owners they deem “potentially unsafe” — and share that information with the world.

‘Firestorm of negative reviews’

The Gun Geo Marker app, released to Google’s Play app store on July 7, invites users to mark the homes and businesses of “suspected unsafe gun owners … to help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence.”The app bills itself as merely a tool to collect information, but it was hit with a firestorm of negative reviews and comments from people worried that it could do more harm than good.

Brett Stalbaum, the developer of Gun Geo Marker and a lecturer with the Visual Arts department of the University of California, San Diego, said he had received threats over the app.


‘Safe use and ownership’

“The gun rights community has been busy making personal threats (we remain unconcerned), as well as spamming the Gun Geo Marker database with false markers,” he exclusively told FoxNews.com. ”This kind of reaction — automatically lining up on the wrong side of reasonable measures to improve the safe use and ownership of guns — aids and abets the crisis of child shooting deaths,” he said.

Google tells FoxNews.com they do not comment on individual apps, but said to refer to their Google Play developer program policies for apps that are not allowed. The policy says Google Play does not allow content that contains violence or hate speech, bullying or illegal activities, among others. Gun Geo Marker is not available on the iPhone.

Does the Gun Geo Marker app bring more harm than good? Feel free to share your thoughts on this issue!

Source: Jeremy A. Kaplan | Fox News

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Android ‘Master Key’ Security Flaw Discovered

Android 'Master Key' Security Flaw DiscoveredA “master key” that could give cyber-thieves unfettered access to almost any Android phone has been discovered by security research firm BlueBox. The bug could be exploited to let an attacker do what they want to a phone including stealing data, eavesdropping or using it to send junk messages.

‘Loophole’

The loophole has been present in every version of the Android operating system released since 2009. Google said it currently had no comment to make on BlueBox’s discovery. Writing on the BlueBox blog, Jeff Forristal, said the implications of the discovery were “huge”.


‘Malicious changes’

The bug emerges because of the way Android handles cryptographic verification of the programs installed on the phone. Android uses the cryptographic signature as a way to check that an app or program is legitimate and to ensure it has not been tampered with. Mr Forristal and his colleagues have found a method of tricking the way Android checks these signatures so malicious changes to apps go unnoticed.

Any app or program written to exploit the bug would enjoy the same access to a phone that the legitimate version of that application enjoyed. The danger from the loophole remains theoretical because, as yet, there is no evidence that it is being exploited by cyber-thieves.

Do you think the discovery of this “master key” to Android is significant? Can Google find a way to remedy this loophole?

Source: BBC News

Image: UK Mobile Review