Cyber attacks is the reason why software to counter such attacks is getting more and more advanced. Unfortunately, while software is getting better, cyberattacks are also getting more sophisticated. Recently a report has been released by Oversecured, according to which Google’s Android application with over 5 billion downloads has almost missed an attack by hackers, who can get the victim’s personal data from Gmail to their browsing history. Were. Researchers who discovered this potential threat believe that if people use the latest version of the application, they can prevent themselves from being attacked.
This research was done by Sergei Toshin. He himself is famous for manufacturing security systems for smartphones. He explained how the operating system works on an Android device. He told that Android software works well with the help of other apps. Such as their code and files to launch the application properly. If the hacker succeeds in cracking the codes that prompt the operating system to read the tampered code. Once these codes are read, hackers will get access to all the files of that user which can be used against them. Toshin not only talked about this, he also proved his concept of how real things can go.
It merged Android’s software with 3 applications susceptible to attack. He showed how easily new codes can be added to Google’s Play Core library. When the library was accessed by an Android app, it started taking over the device like a rogue app and got itself access to every file. The serious thing about this attack is that it will remain there even if the user uninstalls the application.
Toshin explained that the attack is so silent, hackers can use their phones to make calls, send texts and access contacts and phone history. They can even turn on the camera without informing the victim. These attacks are not related to this app only. Many other apps, including Tiktok, have also hosted such vulnerabilities that can be used against the user.
After discovering this vulnerability he informed the tech giant and honored himself to point it out. As a security measure, Google worked on it and announced that users can now update their app if they haven’t. He added that Google appreciates the efforts made by Oversecured and since the app has been updated, they have not heard any news related to the cyber attack.
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