Hackers Could Spy on You by Your Android Mobile’s Camera

Android phones with 87 percent of market share have increased our dependency on android. Recently a flaw has been detected in some of the android phones that could let some android phones to spy on users without their knowledge.

A bug that was discovered by security firm Checkmarx that could allow an attacker to take control over their camera and take photos or record videos through an app without the user’s permission.

Google and Samsung phones are at high risk. Checkmarx has reported about this bug and after that Google and Samsung have released the patch.

Our team began researching the Google Camera app, ultimately finding multiple concerning vulnerabilities stemming from permission bypass issues. After further digging, we also found that these same vulnerabilities impact the camera apps of other smartphone vendors in the Android ecosystem namely Samsung – presenting significant implications to hundreds-of-millions of smartphone users.

Checkmarx

Researchers also said that this could allow hackers to gain access to photos and videos stored in phone storage. Hackers can also get access to proximity sensor which warns the hackers that if the phone is held close to the user or not.

We appreciate Checkmarx bringing this into our attention and working with Google and Android partners to coordinate disclosure. The issue was addressed on impacted Google devices via a Play Store update to the Google Camera Application in July 2019. A patch has also been made available to all partners.

Google

To keep your phone up to date and download the latest security patch so that your private life could not be compromised.

Samsung

Now hackers are trying to spy on android phones. According to a report, almost 12,000 new malware instances every day and most of them target mobile banking applications to steal payment data, login credentials, and bank account details.

Now, the users are moving on android phones over laptop and PC so, attackers started targeting our android phones where we store all our private data.

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