Army Sniper app in Blackberry World is suspicious
Hello all. Just wanted to give you all a heads up about a new app called 'Army Sniper'. It wants access to your wifi network, device info and location as well as files in order to run. Seemed suspect for such a small game (about five mb's). If anyone is bold, test it out. Otherwise keep this in mind.BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB, Wi-Fi -- Soon to be Z10 Owner
- 03-03-2013, 11:26 PM #2
You know... you always can uncheck those boxes for permissions.. you don't NEED to grant them. This place is starting to look like the Google Play comments section lol
ZOMG! 1 STARRZZZ UNTIL YOU FIX THESE PERMISSIONS, WHY DOES THE APP NEED THE KEYS TO MY APARTMENT AND MY MOMS ADDRESS?
No offense OP, I appreciate the heads up I just hope people realize there is options before getting all chicken little.
- CrackBerry Genius
03-04-2013, 12:04 AM #3
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A lot of free apps are ad supported and that is probably why they ask for these permissions. They can need access to the internet to download the ads. They'll need your location to properly target these ads- you don't want to show an ad for McDonalds to someone who maybe lives in Timbuktu and is 1000 miles away from the nearest McD's. Finally, they may want your device ID to further target your ads. If they show you 100 ads and you only click on two, say, one for McD's, say, and the other for Burger King, then you'll probably be seeing ads for Wendy's and Taco Bell soon after. They need to know which device has been used to click on these ads to find a pattern. It's the price you pay for not paying a price, and isn't necessarily nefarious.
- 03-04-2013, 12:15 AM #4
There is a problem on the playbook that causes Permission problems for some apps. I initially DENIED Kalemsoft some permission or other. Same for Overdrive (the library lending software). Well, Kalemsoft limited what I could do and Overdrive would not run. AND neither app was listed in the Security Permissions list afterward. There was no way to grant or change Permissions for either app since they were NOT in the list. UNinstalled and reinstalling did not fix it. The only fix was a complete Security Wipe.
Some apps do seem to ask for TOO much access. But that's the tradeoffs in some cases.
- CrackBerry Abuser
03-04-2013, 12:20 AM #5
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Re: Army Sniper app in Blackberry World is suspicious
Similiar to what Overdrive does ! ...... Unless ya like unknown peoples looking at your privates
Soooo thanks OP for the warning another app' tah stay away from."G-Gauge may not RULE, But it GROWS on Ya !! " djc'99
- CrackBerry Newbie
03-04-2013, 01:05 AM #6
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I downloaded the army sniper app and played with it a few times. Then i tried to restrict the permissions given to this app but i couldn't make any changes as the options were blocked off. Ended up removing the app from my Z10. I am wondering if this app had anything to do with a problem i started having with the Z10 shortly after i updated the OS. The picture browser on the home screen stopped working. I have access to my pictures and camera but cannot access pictures using the pictures icon. I also scanned the phone with the max secure antivirus/malware app which indicated that there were no viruses on my phone. Hopefully i wont have to do a security wipe.
- 03-04-2013, 01:05 AM #7
- 03-04-2013, 01:17 AM #8
A good scenario is seeing before installation that the app will require internet access permission, but when installed and it needs access, it asks for it or if auto granted then just using it.
- CrackBerry Genius
03-04-2013, 02:40 AM #9
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This application has access to the following:
approximate location (network-based)
Allows the app to get your approximate location. This location is derived by location services using network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi. These location services must be turned on and available to your device for the app to use them. Apps may use this to determine approximately where you are.
full network access
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
read phone status and identity
Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
modify or delete the contents of your USB storage modify or delete the contents of your SD card
Allows the app to write to the USB storage. Allows the app to write to the SD card.
view Wi-Fi connections
Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
view network connections
Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
test access to protected storage test access to protected storage
Allows the app to test a permission for USB storage that will be available on future devices. Allows the app to test a permission for the SD card that will be available on future devices.
Now, is Rovio trying something devious with the android users while leaving us PB users alone, or are they merely trying to target their advertising as I noted above.
- CrackBerry Genius
03-04-2013, 12:32 PM #11Sprint Q10
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- CrackBerry Genius
03-04-2013, 09:51 PM #15
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Yes, on most apps you can opt not to allow access to your area or data, but that's not the point. Not to speak on behalf of the OP, but I have to agree. There should be more monitoring when allowing apps into Blackberry World. In the haste to get more and more apps out there we're getting a bunch of crap. Most are the free apps, but some of the pay apps do it as well. You may not care right now, but when your bank account gets emptied you will. It happens several times every day and anyone can read about it using your choice of search engine. And no, you don't have to have your bank information on the device for somebody to get to it using this method. Just my thought and opinion, but have had it happen within my organization on a few occasions (military).
- BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB, Wi-Fi -- Soon to be Z10 Owner
- 03-05-2013, 07:38 PM #19
Previous comment is true. Many, if not most apps won't run properly or at all without many permissions I'm not willing to give, on the PB and especially on a BB phone. When I deny permissions and the app bugs out, adios amigo, deleted.
BTW, Bla1ze isn't ignorant of the fact that some apps won't run with most permissions denied, he was giving the OP an option to try, as some WILL run with most permissions denied, otherwise I wouldn't have any apps on my PB or phone.If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.
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