Researchers from Checkpoint Security have uncovered a massive security hole in Android that puts billions of users at serious risk. The flaw is related to the Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets used in 66% of Android devices and, if taken advantage of, allow remote attackers to take over a vulnerable device in seconds.
The target only has to open a specially crafted audio file on their device to be hacked. This audio file can be sent to a target in many ways such as SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Email, etc. Once opened, the attacker has control of a target device and the data residing on it.
I am happy to tell you that this vulnerability has been fixed, but you need to make sure you are running the latest versions of Android security updates on your device to be protected. You can do this by following these instructions:
- Open your device’s Settings
- Near the bottom, tap System and then Advanced and System update.
- If you don’t see “Advanced,” tap About phone.
- You’ll see your update status.
- Follow any steps on the screen.
Let me know if you need any help with this or anything else.
Thanks and have a great rest of your day.
All the best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team.