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Top Story: Best-selling smartphone flaws put millions at risk

Top Story: Best-selling smartphone flaws put millions at risk
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We use our smartphones and tablets every day, but many of us forget these devices are also vulnerable to hacks. In fact, we just recently warned you about how ransomware is spreading beyond just computers, and targeting these gadgets as well. If you missed that article, click here and see how you can protect yourself.

This past weekend more news was released about major vulnerabilities that were discovered in a brand we've all heard of: LG.

If overlooked, the two vulnerabilities could allow a hacker to access a device remotely. And considering LG makes up nearly 20 percent of the Android market, that puts millions of people at risk.

The issues have been identified as CVE-2016-3117, and CVE-2016-2035.

Vulnerability 3117 permits an app to be installed on your device that is infected with malicious code. The code then works to exploit any "lack of bind" permissions, and elevates its own permissions so hackers can take control of your smartphone or tablet. 3117 could also allow hackers to reboot a device, or even wipe out all of the data and make it completely useless.

Vulnerability 2035 allows a hacker to manipulate SMS messages, or even delete them. Through this tactic, a hacker could trick a user into releasing some of their personal information through a phishing scam. This could also be used to trick users into downloading an app with malicious code.

Patches for both vulnerabilities have already been issued by LG, so if you own an LG device, make sure you run your most recent security update.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Always carefully examine the download details of any app before you install it on your device.
  • Use an online security program to warn you of links that look suspicious, and block the installation of malicious code.
  • You can also review the user manual, or contact the manufacturer of your specific device for more information on how you can secure it.
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Source: SC Magazine
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