The App for EU Nationals Registering in the United Kingdom Raised Security Concerns
The UK government came up with an official smartphone app that enables EU citizens to register in the UK after Brexit. The app has already been downloaded by over 1 million EU nationals. It allows them to upload their passport photos to the system and check documents validity. However, experts have already reported crucial flaws that could cause sensitive data leaks.
The Home Office IT continuously tested the app before its launch and guaranteed its security. Yet the researchers at a Norweigan Internet security firm Promon have unveiled multiple vulnerabilities in the app that make it easy for cybercrooks to access any information submitted to the app. With a few tweaks, the researchers could monitor and alter user data in real time.
In response, the Home Office officials ensured they took safety issues and data protection very seriously and employed both internal resources and independent security firms to keep off the known and zero-day threats. They promised to review the system so the EU nationals applying for the settlement scheme through the app would keep their peace of mind.
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