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Top Story: Again! 1.3 billion smartphones vulnerable to attack

Top Story: Again! 1.3 billion smartphones vulnerable to attack
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If you use one of the 1.5 billion Android smartphones and tablets out there, you have to hear about yet another serious security risk. Google's Android is not having a good week.

Just days ago, we told you about several nasty malware attacks that are locking millions of smartphone lockscreens. It's so bad that you won't be able to access any of your apps, not even to make an emergency phone call. Worse, your cellphone provider might suggest you just buy a new phone. That's how hard these bugs are to get rid of.

Now, there's a massive vulnerability that hackers could exploit to remotely take control of your smartphones and tablets. Cybersecurity experts are warning that 94.5 percent of Android users are at risk. That's 1.34 billion smartphones and tablets.

You won't believe how this Accessibility Clickjacking Exploit attack happens.

Hackers create a fake game or app that runs over your Android home screen. Hidden underneath it are your Accessibility Service settings. The hackers trick you into touching areas of the game or app that are actually unlocking your phone so they can remotely take it over.

From there, the hackers could lock your phone and infect it with malware. "With that type of control, an attacker could easily gain Device Admin privileges to remotely lock, wipe, and locate the targeted Android device," Yair Amit, CTO at Skycure, wrote on his blog.

Google is aware of the problem, calling the exploit a "nefarious use of genuine tech." It said it will scan for abuse and take corrective actions.

The only Androids NOT at risk have Google's most recent version of the OS. That's Android 6.0 or Marshmallow. (Click here for instructions to upgrade to 6.0. Scroll down to bottom of page.) Unfortunately, the vast majority of Android users still have phones with the older versions that are vulnerable to this attack.

 

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