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Dr. Phil-Backed Domestic Violence App Aspire News Exposed Data About Users

What happened: Aspire News, a covert app for reporting domestic violence, breached data security and exposed sensitive user data.

The app, which is backed by Dr. Phil and his wife Robin McGraw, is designed to look like a regular news app. However, it includes functionality to alert loved ones when someone is experiencing domestic violence along with other resources.

The app’s security issue was first reported by TechCrunch and discovered by security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar. Rotem and Locar tested the Aspire News app and found that users could easily access recordings and personally identifiable data of other users by a simple manipulation of a URL link they receive when using the app.

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