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Tech crime alert: hacker apps

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Tech thieves target smartphone apps as an easy point of entry to get access to users' personal data, according to NBC News.

An expert at Semantec, a cyber-security company, showed NBC's correspondent how a thief can insert a snippet of code into the app. It gives the thieves control over the phone when users download the app.

"He was doing so about 25,000 times a day," said Vikram Thakur with Semantec. "Even if he was making fractions of a dollar, we estimate that he was making well over a million dollars per year."

Experts say only Android apps are in danger because users can download Android apps from anywhere. They recommend to use exclusively Google Play store for app purchases.

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