900 Million Androids Vulnerable To Malware - Is Yours?
If you own any of the phones listed below, you may have a reason to be worried...
- Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge
- Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P
- LG G4, LG G5, LG V10
- OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3
- Moto X
- HTC One, HTC M9, HTC 10
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
In a recent security scare, it was revealed that almost 1 billion android handsets were manufactured and sold with a serious security flaw, allowing cyber assailants to gain complete access of a phone's data. What seperates the phones listed above from the rest? A Qualcomm processor. You may have heard the extremely popular name on advertisements or through reading tech specs of flagship devices, but as recent findings may suggest, it may not be a feature you can brag about.
This widespread bug allows hackers to read every single piece of data stored on the phone by using spyware apps. According to Qualcomm, the affected user base could be as sizeable as 900 million.
Luckily (for Android users), reports are suggesting it was Checkpoint's (security software giant - CHKP on the NASDAQ) in-house researchers who stumbled upon this major defect first, not malicious application creators. It is not clear whether or not patches have been issued to affected handsets as of yet, despite Qualcomm claiming to have created fixes. For now, Android users can use Checkpoint's free app "QuadRooter Scanner" to see whether or not they are vulnerable to this threat.
Owners of Google Nexus phones affected by the processor security fault (Nexus 5, 6 and 6P) are likely to be in the best hands: Google have reportedly released a number of patches to their flagship handset already, with more to come.
Despite the best efforts of Google, Samsung, HTC and more, there are still vulnerabilities which haven't been patched. According to reports, it could take until September before these are fixed, until then it may be possible for criminals to create applications that read and send private data to dangerous people.
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