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New Android Vulnerability Affects Almost 1 Billion Phones

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A new Android vulnerability has been found by researchers that have the potential to allow hackers complete and unrestricted access to your phones. Discovered by security firm Check Point, the vulnerabilities, dubbed Quadrooter can be used by malicious hackers by simply installing a malicious app into a target’s phone. The scary part is that the app does not need special permissions to be able to control your phone, and once inside hackers can potentially gain access to your phone’s camera, microphone, data and other hardware.

Before you start panicking, know that only Qualcomm Snapdragon powered phones is affected by this vulnerability, and Qualcomm has already been hard at work trying to address the security holes. The company has been sending out regular patches to fix the issues starting April until July for the four vulnerabilities, and Google and other manufacturers have sent fixes to customers for three of the vulnerabilities in their regular monthly security update. The August security update is expected to patch out the final vulnerability.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

2 Comments

  1. Now People with Mediatek and Kirin (even the lowly Spreadtrum) CPU phones have something to brag about… Given that they are usually seen as ‘cheaper’ by those who brandish the Qualcomm CPU phones.

    And given that the patch will come from manufacturer not Google (except the Nexus and the Ones phones), that would mean millions of phones from local brands to branded ones will be left vulnerable…

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