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Watch out! Phone repair shops can install secret key logging SCREENS

Watch out! Phone repair shops can install secret key logging SCREENS
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Who hasn't experienced a cracked smartphone screen on at least a few different occasions? All it takes is a slip or a small fall that lands at just the right angle and your device could be made inoperable.

In the past, manufacturers like Apple kept a tight lid on the equipment needed to replace your gadget's screen. However, now that this equipment is more easily accessible to other repair shops, it's much easier to find someone who can fix your smartphone or tablet when it's broken.

But there's just one problem: As more and more people begin opening up repair shops, it leaves room for bad eggs to pop up. When you take your device to a third-party vendor for replacement parts, you may be getting more than you'd originally intended.

Spying keyloggers

Some disturbing news has just been reported by researchers who claim repair shops could easily install secret hardware that can completely compromise the security of your gadget.

Replacement screens and chips were used in multiple devices to prove that keyboard input patterns can easily be logged, malware installed, and even pictures can be taken and sent directly to hackers. Beyond that, the false screens can be rigged to even help hackers bypass built-in security features of your gadget.

These screens were tested in a Huawei Nexus 6P, while the other was discovered in an LG G Pad 7.0 to show just how easy it would be for this to happen.

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