Oh there it is, Facebook shrugs as Free Basics private key found to be signing unrelated apps

Oh there it is, Facebook shrugs as Free Basics private key found to be signing unrelated apps

Walled-garden Android platform security easily copied


Facebook has insisted that losing control of the private key used to sign its Facebook Basics app is no biggie despite totally unrelated apps from other vendors, signed with the same key, popping up in unofficial repositories.


Targeted mainly at third-world countries, Facebook Basics is the latest incarnation of Internet.org and Free Basics. The idea was to offer free access to Facebook-owned internet properties (and only Facebook-owned ones) with the intention of getting the great unconnected hooked on The Social Network, WhatsApp and Instagram.


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