Android Hack – Android phones can get infected by merely receiving a picture via text message, according to research published on Monday. This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered as 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, making virtually every android phone susceptible to this android hack. That means a malware-laden file can start infecting the phone as soon as it’s received, according to Zimperium, a cyber-security company that specializes in mobile devices.
This is somewhat similar to the recent Apple text hack but seems worse, because an android hacker could gain complete control of the phone: wiping the device, accessing apps or secretly turning on the camera. Google has acknowledged the flaw.
The Android Hack 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.
How quickly will Google manage to fix this for everybody? While Apple can push out updates to all iPhones, Google can’t push out updates to all Androids since it has a fractured distribution system.
Several parties like AT&T, Samsung, Verizon amongst others stand in-between Google and its users, and they routinely slow down the release of new software since they all need to work together to issue software updates.
Before the updates begin to roll out, just be informed that your android phone is at a high risk of being hacked with a simple text message.
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