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Android hack could endanger millions of phones

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Security researchers have uncovered a vulnerability that could allow Android phones to be hacked with a malicious text message Android is by far the most dominant smartphone operating system in the world, and it has just been found to be vulnerable to a serious smartphone security flaw which allows devices to be hacked by simply sending them a text message. About 80 percent of smartphones worldwide run Android, and just about all of those have a major vulnerability in their software, according to experts at Zimperium, a cybersecurity company specializing in mobile devices. What makes this problem a gaping security hole is that the victims don’t even need to be tricked into downloading or opening a bad file – attackers only need to send them a text message for the malware to take hold. The issue stems from the way Android processes incoming text messages. Media playback software utilized by Android, called Stagefright, processes media files, such as images or video, sent to your device before you even open the message. Hackers can hide malware in those files, getting Stagefright to automatically unleash them onto your phone, thus giving attackers unfettered access to copy and delete data or use the camera, microphone, and GPS to track your every move. “This happens even before the sound that you’ve received a message has even occurred,” Joshua Drake, a security researcher with Zimperium, told NPR. “That’s what makes it so dangerous. [It] could be absolutely silent. You may not even see anything.” The issue affects any phone using Android software released in the last five years, according to Zimperium. That includes devices running Android’s alphabetically-coded versions, Froyo through Lollipop, which together account for 95% of the operating systems being used on all android phones – or 950 million devices. Louisiana Theater Shooting, Chattanooga shooting, Greece, crisis, Gunman On Beach, Confederate flag, racist, Charleston shooter, South Carolina church, skinhead, Dylann Roof, Tornado, FIFA, Arrested, Corruption, Nepal, Amtrak train, Train Crash, train crashes, Philadelphia, Baltimore riots, Freddie Gray, violent, National Guard, Violence in Baltimore, Gas Clash Protesters, WTF, NYC, RAW Video, Kenji Goto, Kurdish, Hostage, BREAKING NEWS, JAPANESE HOSTAGE, HD Video, New Video, Iraq, FULL Video, Super Bowl, 2015 Budweiser, Lost Dog, NEW YORK BLIZZARD 2015, Ukraine, Donetsk, war, military, Putin's War, Russian Terrorists, Invasion, Separatists, Slaviansk, crisis, fighting, news, compilation, news reporter , news channel 5, news channels, youtube, halloween, ghetto, helicopter crash, yesterday, interruption , in spanish, interview , live today , jetpack fail, japanese, jingle music junkie, justin bieber, jokes, 24h, dancing, news korea, kenya, live, news on air, live stream, news movies, news music, news mess ups, news channel, news now, bloopers 2014, news fails, news on ebola, news one, Radar, Bus Stop Buddy, FOX Futurecast, Hurricane, Local News, Most Popular, Investigates, Politics, Mobile Apps, Text Alerts, Seen On TV, Watch Newscasts Live, TV Schedule, Traffic, Gift Of Life, Yellow Pages, NEWS, Local, U.S. & World, Sports, Health, Tech, Weird, Weather, WEATHER, Forecast, Maps & Radar, Weather Alerts, School Closing Alerts, Weather News, ENTERTAINMENT, Events, In The Wings, NY Live, Your Guide 4 NY, Open House, 1st Look, Job Shop, Auto, Tech, Business, Personal Finance, Small Business, Breaking news, latest news, Terror strikes France, Democrats, Economy, Taxes, Poverty, Corporations, Jobs, Energy, Small Business, Unions, Wall Street, Education, Early Education, School Reform, Elections, Election 2012, Election 2014, Election 2016, Money in Politics, Voting Rights, Equality, LGBT, Race, Women, Immigration, Green, Pollution, Climate, Health, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Global Health, Food, HIV-AIDS, Sexual Health, National Security, Middle East, Military, Afghanistan, Terrorism, Republicans, Tea Party, Society, C...