According to recent statements from experts, a new found flaw allows hackers to copy images of a user’s fingerprint from a phone’s sensor and use it elsewhere. This seriously breaks a privacy and security concern and delivers an essential warning to all Android phone users. Data can be stolen, copied, be used and abused. Hackers can easily copy a user’s fingerprint image and use it to make uncovered purchases or conduct a wide range of “secure transactions”.
If a fingerprint is captured, attackers are enabled to use the images in order to take the victim’s place forever. We are talking about a very serious privacy theft, as it concerns fingerprints. A recent research identified the highly delicate problem in mobile phones but commentators say that it could also be found in other devices that use fingerprint sensors, such as laptops.
The trouble does not end here, as according to officials from Check Point, a recent Android MMS exploit has been observed. Exploits in the original equipment manufacturer implementation of Remote support could allow the plugins of a third party app to make use of OEM signed certificates and illegally access a phone or a tablet’s display and actions. Hackers can thus see what happens on your handset and can be able to control your mobile device. This sounds like a serious privacy abuse, security theft and flaw in the system.
Users who own devices branded by Samsung, HTC, LG and LZE are strongly advised to strengthen their security pathways and keep away from accessing portals that could get them into trouble. As experts have stated, even the recently released Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop is highly vulnerable in front of the malware.
Furthermore, Stagefright is a vulnerability observed in all Android devices and it is activated through a simple text message. It works in an extremely simple and apparently harmless, suspicion free manner. All someone has to do is get a person’s phone number and send a certain type of message, in order to take over the device. The affected user doesn’t even need to open the message, receiving it is enough.
It is clear that Android phones are facing a serious security crisis, with a bunch of extremely dangerous inconsistencies that must be solved by immediate and efficient intervention. Experts could not note what kind of devices were more vulnerable to the hacks but as a comparison, they mentioned that the iPhone was more secure, as it encrypts fingerprint data.
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