If you are using the keyboard application developed by Ai.Type, your personal information may have leaked as security researchers discovered that the company is collecting silent data and storing them in a MongoDB database.
Security company Kromtech estimates that sensitive data belonging to about 31 million users is included in this database, and entries have been found to show that the keyboard application recorded almost every keystroke, whether it was plain text or passwords.
While the app developer says it does not collect information from password fields and that all data is encrypted, ZDNet reveals that the database discovered by Kromtech included everything from full usernames, email addresses, geographic location, device, model, IMEI, and Android versions. Also included is more personal information collected from social media, such as birth dates, gender, profile photos, contacts and passwords.
Η Kromtech says the database is 577 GB and was exposed on the Internet. The database was freely available to anyone with an Internet connection, and contains at least 31.293.959 files.
There are 6.435.813 entries with information gathered from contact lists, including phone numbers and names. The security company estimates that the keyboard application has stored more than 373 millions of records on the servers of the company that developed it.
In most cases, third-party keyboard applications require full access to Android data, and Google's operating system warns that this could cause problems.
The Ai.Type keyboard application is also available for the iPhone and also requires full access, but it is currently unclear whether information from users of Apple devices or only those who use Android has leaked information.