Beware Android users, this vulnerability can hack your smartphone

Gadgets, Smartphones

A team of security researchers has discovered a security bug that can hack the user’s smartphone with the use of Bluetooth and USB accessories. The bug uses a cellphone’s modem or baseband which is inaccessible for the users. Baseband is used by smartphones to communicate with a cellphone network, such as connecting to the Internet and making phone calls. This is why baseband is separated from other apps of the devices. But, according to security analysts, some Android smartphones allow Bluetooth and USB accessories, such as headphones, to access the baseband. That allows attackers to run commands on a connected Android phone and insert malicious code into the target smartphone.

Once the phone is compromised, hackers can steal your personal data and information. Once a phone has been compromised via the baseband, users can face various issues such as complete blockage of all incoming phone calls, selective call blocking, call forwarding to a different number, location tracking, cellular internet connectivity (e.g., 3G/4G) failure, interception of phone calls and text messages.

There are a lot of devices from the different manufacturers that are impacted by this vulnerability. The list of devices is as follows:

Google Pixel 2
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
Huawei P8 Lite
Huawei Nexus 6P
LG Nexus 5
Motorola Nexus 6
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Note 2

Since the bug uses Bluetooth and USB connections, Android users can make their smartphones safe by not connecting their smartphones to suspicious or unknown accessories. Meanwhile, Google has acknowledged the issue and already released a security patch. Samsung is also working on to release a patch in the coming days.



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