Bug could allow hacking of millions of Android phones

Checkpoint finds flaw in Qualcomm chipsets that allows hackers to access all data in handset

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Bug could allow hacking of millions of Android phones The flaw in Qualcomm chipsets could compromise millions of Android devices, according to Checkpoint.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 8, 2016

Security researchers have discovered security flaws in Qualcomm chipsets that could potentially compromise millions of Android phones.

Checkpoint has reported that it has uncovered bugs that could gradually allow an attacker to access all of the data held on the phone.

The problem affects Qualcomm chipsets that are in use in certain models of phone from BlackBerry, Blackphone, HTC, Google Nexus, Motorola, Sony, and some US models of Samsung phones.

Checkpoint said that there was no sign that the flaws had actually been exploited by hackers so far. The company reported the issue to Qualcomm several months ago, and Qualcomm has apparently patched the vulnerabilities. Qualcomm has also distributed patches to mobile phone vendors.

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