Now that the antivirus vendor McAfee has been retitled Intel Security, its founder John McAfee is turning his attention to Android permissions.
Speaking to SiliconAngle, McAfee said his new product, Cognizant, will launch March 1.
“Info collection is everywhere and people have just assumed that all these apps are on the up and up – that’s a big problem. When you ask yourself what a chat app is doing with built-in capabilities to silently make calls and put out other information, it’s a pretty dire picture. It’s all about taking information, accessing your location, your camera and we’re losing our privacy. There are many companies doing this, but that’s not the only threat, we’ve talked about the NSA but many governments are doing this as well. There are persistent rumors and documented concerns about how much information is leaking to countries like China and Russia. It would be surprising if they weren’t taking data at will at the highest levels possible right now, so why would it be any different for these applications. There are also cybercriminals out there that live off of information they gather, it’s a big target. When I launched McAfee Associates 27 years ago, the world of PC security was basically the Wild West and no one was really aware of the threat and the very real dangers we still deal with today. We are in that exact same spot again.”
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