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Flaw in Android Operating System: Your Mobile is at risk - July 28th, 2015

Flaw in Android Operating System: Your Mobile is at risk




The Android operating system has huge security flaw which allows hackers to access your mobile by knowing your mobile number and has the ability to access your entire data store in your phone. Zimperium, a cyber security firm, says an attacker could target the phone simply by sending a text message that contains a corrupted video. They automatically analysis messages and destroy all the relevant and valuable information.

But according to Joshua Drake, a security researcher at Zimperium, this allows the hacker right in. This happens even before the sound that you've received a message has even occurred. That's what makes it so dangerous. [It] could be absolutely silent. You may not even see anything. The hacker would be able to take control of the phone, wiping its memory, accessing information on apps or even switching on the camera, according to CNN Money.

A spokesperson for Google confirmed that they are aware of the flaw and have been working on a fix. This vulnerability was identified in a laboratory setting on older Android devices, and as far as we know, no one has been affected. As soon as we were made aware of the vulnerability we took immediate action and sent a fix to our partners to protect users.

The Google spokesperson added that as part of a regular security update next week they will be adding in further safeguards for Nexus devices - which they also manufacture. Google rely on each of its partners who make devices and the carriers which will make changes to the flaw but it will take some time. Well, these flaws sometime put technology security under scrutiny.
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