HTC settles with FTC over security issues in tablets, smartphones
HTC must release patches to fix vulnerabilities in its mobile software
IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with HTC America over security holes in the company's smartphone and tablet software that left millions of users' personal information at risk.
Under the terms of the agreement, HTC must release software patches to fix the vulnerabilities and develop a "comprehensive security program designed to address security risks during the development of HTC devices." The company must also submit to independent security assessments every other year for the next 20 years, the FTC said in a statement Friday. The company is sending security updates to customers, who are urged to apply them as soon as possible, the FTC said.
The FTC had charged that the company failed to use reasonable and appropriate security practices for design and customization of software on its smartphones and tablets. "HTC America failed to provide its engineering staff with adequate security training, failed to review or test the software on its mobile devices for potential security vulnerabilities, failed to follow well-known and commonly accepted secure coding practices, and failed to establish a process for receiving and addressing vulnerability reports from third parties," the FTC charged.
The commission's complaint against FTC noted multiple vulnerabilities found on HTC devices, including insecure implementation of the logging applications Carrier IQ and HTC Loggers, along with programming flaws that could let third-party applications bypass Android's permission-based security. Millions of HTC device users were potentially vulnerable to malicious applications that could send texts, record audio, or install malware on their devices, the FTC said.
User manuals for HTC Android-based devices "contained deceptive representations" and the user interface for the Tell HTC application was also deceptive, the FTC alleged.
HTC is prohibited from making false or misleading statements about security and privacy of users' data on its devices, the FTC said.
HTC's public relations agency did not immediately provide comment from the company regarding the settlement agreement.
- Best iPhone, iPad Business Apps for 2014
- 14 Tech Conventions You Should Attend in 2014
- 10 Desktop Apps to Power Your Windows PC
- How to Add New Job Skills Without Going Back to School
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- Cybersecurity Imperatives Reinvent Your Network Security With Palo Alto Networks The Rise of CyberSecurity
- 10 Things Your Next Firewall Must do Next-Generation Firewalls Defined
- Firewall Buyers Guide Operate as the core of your network security infrastructure
- Getting Started With a Zero Trust Approach to Network Security The Traditional Approach to Network Security is Failing. View Now>>
- Live Webcast On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy...
- Live Webcast Endpoint Backup & Restore: Protect Everyone, Everywhere Arek Sokol from the bleeding-edge IT team at Genentech/Roche explains how he leverages cross-platform enterprise endpoint backup in the public cloud as part...
- Streamline Software Asset Management, Compose a software Management Symphony Keeping track of your organization's software is easy with effective software management solutions from CDW. View the videos in our software solutions channel
- Druva inSync: Endpoint Data Protection & Governance CLICK HERE to watch this video about protecting corporate data on laptops and mobile devices, sponsored by Druva. All Security White Papers | Webcasts