Android devices ‘threatened by fake apps’

By Hannah Kuchler in San Francisco

Google’s Android operating system is making mobile devices vulnerable to cyber criminals seeking to access users’ personal information, according to researchers who claim to have found a flaw in the software.

Hackers can create a fake identification code allowing them to pretend to be an existing app with a good reputation, researchers at Bluebox Security have warned – a ruse that enables them to move around a mobile device and tap into its data.

Bluebox Security said it informed Google of the problem in April, and the technology group has since provided all of its Android device partners with a fix. However, any device that has not been updated with the latest version of the Android operating system remains at risk.

Copyright: The Financial Times Limited 2014. 


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