Hackers could be using your phone right now. Researchers discovered an alarming security flaw that could let some Android applications spy on users without their knowledge.
Discovered by a security firm Checkmarx, the bug could allow an attacker to take control of the victim’s phone camera. They could take photos, even record videos through a rogue application without the user’s knowledge.
Beware of the hackers
Samsung and Google phones appear to be the most at risk. This could affect hundreds of millions of users, the researcher said. Furthermore, Checkmarx informed other phone makers because they could also be vulnerable.
The researchers discovered that the attackers could access the photos, videos and open the camera even when the user is not using the app. They also found out that the phone’s proximity sensor could be used to alert the attacker when the phone is held near the face.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement thanking Checkmarx,
We appreciate Checkmarx bringing this to our attention and working with Google and Android partners to coordinate disclosure.
The issue addressed on impacted Google devices via a Play Store update to the Google Camera Application in July 2019. A patch now made available to all partners.
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A Samsung spokesperson said,
We recommend that all users keep their devices updated with the latest software to ensure the highest level of protection possible.