Article: How API attacks are hamstringing mobile healthcare apps

API, Open Infrastructure, Open Source

How API attacks are hamstringing mobile healthcare apps

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of mobile healthcare apps and virtual care. Due to that, the personal health data of millions of individuals is being exposed through the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) used by mobile health (mHealth) applications, according to a recent study published by Knight Ink and cybersecurity firm Approov.

Several widely-used mobile health apps have basic security flaws that could leave them vulnerable to attacks, whereby the processing, transmitting, and storing of a lot of vital and presently valuable information – protected health information (PHI) – are being sold on the dark web. Knight partnered with mobile security company Approov to hack 30 mobile health apps to highlight the threats they face through APIs.

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