Mobile Apps: In experiment, 2000+ apps connected to a mind-boggling 250,000 different urls across almost 2,000 top level domains


Vigneri and co began by downloading over 2,000 free apps from all 25 categories on the Google Play store. They then launched each app on a Samsung Galaxy SIII running Android version 4.1.2 that was set up to channel all traffic through the team’s server. This recorded all the urls that each app attempted to contact.

via The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites | MIT Technology Review.