Zscaler Finds Security Vulnerabilities in ESPN ScoreCenter Mobile App [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Zscaler, a provider of Security Cloud services for the mobile, social, everywhere enterprise, revealed that ESPN ScoreCenter, a mobile sports app, has significant security vulnerabilities that could compromise users' mobile devices, including the threat of data theft.
According to a release, the flaws were unearthed using Zscaler Application Profiler (ZAP), a free online tool that helps assess mobile apps for security risks. ESPN said it is looking into the vulnerabilities in the ScoreCenter app.
The security vulnerabilities with the ESPN ScoreCenter app highlight a growing security problem as mobile apps proliferate and basic security measures are overlooked in the development process.
"It's important to remember that many mobile apps are not native applications-they're essentially web pages displayed in a WebView control, or even just web content mixed in with native controls," said Michael Sutton, VP, Security Research, Zscaler ThreatLabZ. "As such, vulnerabilities common to web applications can also occur in mobile apps. Users should be aware that such vulnerabilities in mobile apps often remain hidden, as apps don't have the same visual indicators to show that data is being sent insecurely."
The flaws were discovered using ZAP, Zscaler's Application Profiler. ZAP is an easy to use, free online tool where users can search the name of any iOS or Android app, and receive an instant assessment of its security and privacy risks, along with an overall risk score. Users can also use ZAP to scan traffic from an app installed on their device to see whether their own data is being exposed. No security expertise is needed to use ZAP. As more users submit mobile apps for analysis, Zscaler's ThreatLabZ team adds the results to the ZAP database, in effect crowdsourcing the security profiles of thousands of mobile apps.
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