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Are Android Phones Easily Hacked?

By on August 2, 2015
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According to an article on CNN Money, Android phones can get infected by merely receiving a picture via text message, according to research published recently.

This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered. It affects an estimated 950 million phones worldwide — about 95% of the Androids in use today.

The problem stems from the way Android phones analyze incoming text messages. Even before you open a message, the phone automatically processes incoming media files — including pictures, audio or video. That means a malware-laden file can start infecting the phone as soon as it’s received, according Zimperium, a cybersecurity company that specializes in mobile devices.

This Android flaw is worse than the one Apple faced awhile back, because a hacker could gain complete control of the phone: wiping the device, accessing apps or secretly turning on the camera. 

In a statement to CNNMoney, Google (GOOGLTech30) acknowledged the flaw. It assured that Android has ways of limiting a hacker’s access to separate apps and phone functions. Yet hackers have been able to overcome these limitations in the past.

The bug affects any phone using Android software made in the last five years, according to Zimperium. That includes devices running Android’s Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop iterations (Google names its Android versions alphabetically after desserts).

 

Article content from CNN Money.