Android: a fault on nearly 80% of terminals allows hackers to spy on you

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Nov 17, 2017 // By:admin // No Comment

A flaw in Android allows hackers to make a recording of the screen. A very large number of terminals (80% of the fleet) are concerned by this major security problem. Still bad news for the world’s most popular mobile operating system that continues to have a bad reputation for security.

All terminals from Android 5.0 to 7.1 are affected by this new threat. If you look at the distribution of Android versions of November, we see that this concerns about 80% of terminals that are currently in circulation. Oreo, which represents barely 0.3% of the park with the latest news escapes this fault since Google has clogged this gap after being warned. Security researchers at Mwr InfoSecurity are alerting users to this problem.

Android: a dangerous flaw allows hackers to spy on your screen
We come to life, this flaw allows Android applications to capture the screen and sound through a framework (MediaProjection) available from Android 5.0 Lolipop. An authorization is nevertheless required for the operation. However, it is possible to hide a pop-up (window) to divert the attention of the user who will not know that he has just given permission to a malicious application that will record the screen and the sound of the device. Before Android 5.0, you had to root the smartphone to perform this type of actions.

Users may notice that a recording is in progress on their device by paying attention to the notification pane that indicates that the screen is being “Cast”. In any case, some applications do not allow screenshots, which should contribute to the security of the most sensitive data. We had ourselves the case for example with Orange Bank during our registration to the service . To conclude, Android has one billion devices considered obsolete , vigilance is the best protection against the various malware that populate the web.

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