Android Phones : Hack with Text Message
Do you know Android Phone can be Hacked with Text Message ? This is likely the biggest Android hack of all time. This hack affects more than 900 million smart phones over the globe. Almost 95% of the smart phones are affected by this android bug .This bug in the Android OS itself allows an attacker to hack into an Android Smart Phone by just sending a picture or any other multimedia via a text message .
This bug is in the Android Operating system itself. The bug is simple, and lies in the fact how Android starts to analyze the incoming text message. As the text arrives to your Android Smart-phone, even before a text message is opened, the android automatically starts to process the incoming media files – pictures, audio, video etc.
This clearly means if a malware infected file is sent in a text message, this android malware can start infecting the phone as soon as it is received.
This android bug is somewhat similar to recent Apple text Hack.
950 Million Android Smartphones Affected
On the same day the Bug was reported, Google acknowledges the bug and has the following to say: “Android has ways of limiting the hacker’s access to separate apps and phone functions. “
However the hackers have been successfully been able to overcome these limitations in the past.
This bug in Android is the worst flaw yet reported as per the hacker’s community. This flaw is can allow full control of the Android Smart-phone and the hacker can perform complex actions such as wiping the device, accessing apps and app data or even secretly turn the camera on.
This android text bug affects any phone made in the last 5 years!!
The following Android versions are affected by the bug:
Ice Cream Sandwich
The bug was reported by Zimperium, a cybersecurity company that specializes in mobile devices. Zimperium says that it had warned Google about the flaw on April 9 and even provided a fix. However it’s been more than a 100 days and a fix isn’t available yet.
Now the issue is how quickly will google manage to fix this bug?