Reports have surfaced stating that a smartphone app developed by the Home Office to help European citizens apply to live and work in the UK after Brexit has serious vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to steal phone numbers, addresses and passport details, according to researchers. So far more than 1m out of the estimated 3.5m EU citizens living in the UK have downloaded the EU Exit: ID Document Check app for Android smartphones.
Jonathan Knudsen, senior security strategist at Synopsys, commented “Anyone can stack one rock on top of another, which is fine if you want to make a pile of rocks. If you want to build a bridge, or a cathedral, you need more skills, better planning, and knowledge of physics, trigonometry, and materials. Similarly, anyone can write software. Making software that is secure and resilient (as all software should be) requires more skills, better planning, and more knowledge than just writing code in a text editor.