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Android Bug Makes Android Phones Open to Tracking, Eavesdropping

By: Spacelab Research Staff
February 27, 2012

If you use an Android smartphone for music, videos, or buying music from the Andoid Music Store or use Google Music -- you should know about this Android phone bug that could wreck your whole set up. Reuters is reporting that a bug in Android can allow someone to take control of your Android phone and actually listen in on your calls and track where you are.

"Researchers at startup cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said they have figured out how to use that bug to launch attacks and take control of some Android devices. CrowdStrike, which will demonstrate its findings next week at a major computer security conference in San Francisco, said an attacker sends an email or text message that appears to be from a trusted source, like the user's phone carrier. The message urges the recipient to click on a link, which if done infects the device. At that point, the hacker gains complete control of the phone, enabling him or her to eavesdrop on phone calls and monitor the location of the device, said Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer and co-founder of CrowdStrike."

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