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Android phones can be hacked with one simple text

Android phones can be hacked with one simple text

he way Androids analyze incoming messages with media files — text messages that include audio, video or pictures — allows the phone to potentially be infected before you even open the message. Androids automatically begin processing media files as they are received, using a built-in playback tool called Stagefright. And that means, once the phone receives a message with malware, it could potentially be infected immediately, allowing hackers to gain complete control, including access to any personal information stored in the device. According to Zimperium, the flaw affects any Android phone using software made in the last five years. The company says it told Google about the problem back in April, but since a fix still hasn’t been released, Zimperium decided to go public with the news about the potential threat.

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Updating Android users’ software is already a bit of a slow process and it can take a while for a fix to actually get to people’s smartphones, since Android updates have to through various phone makers and wireless service providers, unlike Apple iOS updates, which Apple can push to all iPhone users at the same time. A Google spokeswoman told CNET that patches have been provided, but didn’t offer any specifics regarding how many Android users actually have access to them.

‘The security of Android users is extremely important to us and so we responded quickly and patches have already been provided to partners that can be applied to any device,’ the spokeswoman said. ‘Most Android devices, including all newer devices, have multiple technologies that are designed to make exploitation more difficult. Android devices also include an application sandbox designed to protect user data and other applications on the device.’

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