South Korea pulls child surveillance app

Security audit of Smart Sheriff app reveals serious concerns, prompts switch-off
Mon, 2015-11-02 14:37

Smart Sheriff, a South Korean government-mandated child surveillance app, has been pulled from the market following a second security audit which found a multitude of lingering security concerns.

The follow-up report, conducted by Citizen Lab and Cure53 and supported by OTF, highlights serious security problems with the app, despite recommendations to change following an earlier audit in September.

The findings led the South Koeran government to announce plans to shut down the app “as soon as possible,” AP reports a senior Korean official as saying. The app has been removed from the Google Play store.

Read the Citizen Lab report here.

Read the Cure53 security audit here.

Coverage from AP.