Hackers prowling for Android phones

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

When Android launched in September 2008, it was hard to imagine it ever becoming the world’s most popular mobile operating system. However, today more than 80 percent of smartphones run on Android, more than iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry OS combined. With more people of all ages using smartphones than ever before, Android users will be concerned to hear that the operating system has a major flaw, one that allows hackers to break in and take over phones simply by sending a text message. The scariest part of this newfound hack is that there is almost nothing the target can do to stop the attack. All a hacker would have to do is send a video message to the target and hide the malware inside the video. The risk of hacking is significantly increased in a public setting, when the user and the hacker connect to the same local Wifi network. Joshua Drake, a security researcher who helped discover this flaw in Android’s operating system, claims that once the video is received by the phone, the damage is done. He claims, “It does its initial processing, which triggers the vulnerability.” This means the target does not even have to see […]

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