Published On: Tue, Aug 9th, 2016

Israeli Check Point reveals Android bug; 900 million users unsafe

Android devices have been found to have serious security flaws, giving hackers complete access to one's phone's data.

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Android devices have been found to have serious security flaws, Israeli Check Point‘s security researchers revealed at a conference in Las Vegas. The security flaws in Qualcomm chips found in more than 900 million Android devices worldwide, giving hackers complete access to one’s phone’s data.

Check Point has recently identified four defects, known as the Quadrooter, which would allow hackers to seize full control (root access) enabling them to install spyware to hack a device and add or wipe out existing apps, GPS and even gain access to hardware including the touchscreen, camera and microphone. The attacker would only need to download an innocuous, permissions-free app to deliver the virus.

Check Point head of products, mobile and cloud security Michael Shaulov said, “These flaws demonstrate the difficulty in securing Android devices. The complex supply chain creates a situation in which every software correction needs a designated installation for every device and every version. This process might take time and leave users without a solution in the meantime.”

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. identified last year the neet to protecting mobile phones from cyber attacks as a major market for its products. The company even bought a startup that operates in the field.




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