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.