Other tech sites are freaking out about a second, dangerous Android security flaw that they claim will "brick" your phone - render it useless. Since the very dangerous Stagefright exploit, everyone's on high alert.
This new bug is real and annoying and I'm getting fed up with Android's security problems, but this one is actually Google's fault, not Android developers.
The latest Android bug is similar to the Stagefright issue seen earlier this week in that they both use imported media files to take over a gadget completely. The bug could be used to enact ransomware or it could be used to simply disable the smartphone entirely.
Cybercriminals use this internal flaw to gain access to your smartphone's hardware through third-party apps like Google Hangouts and other apps specifically created by the hackers. They insert an infected file into the application and as soon as you download it, and then hackers have complete control of your Android.
When they take over your smartphone, the whole gadget is turned silent. You won't receive texts or hear calls, you won't get Facebook alerts or email pings and you won't be able to initiate any calls or texts either.
Trend Micro, the company the discovered the flaw, explained the issue with this pesky bug. A statement from its team says, "The vulnerability lies in the mediaserver service, which is used by Android to index media files that are located on the Android device. This service cannot correctly process a malformed video file ... When the process opens a malformed MKV file, the service may crash (and with it, the rest of the operating system)."