New Report Puts Samsung Galaxy Users at Risk
Private information stored on the phone could easily be accessed
- By Matt Holden
- Jun 18, 2015
According to a new report, as many as 600 million Samsung Galaxy smartphones may have a software flaw allowing hackers to eavesdrop on phone calls and voicemail, read texts, turn on the microphone and view private photos.
All of this information is available due to vulnerability in the phone’s pre-installed SwiftKey keyboard text technology. NowSecure, a U.S.-based security firm, uncovered this information.
NowSecure says that the security hole occurs when the device’s keyboard updates, giving those in the right place at the right time the opportunity to infiltrate the device.
"Samsung Knox has the capability to update the security policy of the phones, over-the-air, to invalidate any potential vulnerabilities caused by this issue. The security policy updates will begin rolling out in a few days," said a spokesperson for Samsung. "In addition to the security policy update, we are also working with SwiftKey to address potential risks going forward.”
NowSecure has recommended that Galaxy users avoid unsecured Wi-Fi networks and ask their mobile provider for information about a security patch.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.