Security loopholes have been found in Google’s Android operating system that could be exploited to gain access to personal data.
This includes voice mail, calendar and user’s location, according to technology experts in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
News daily am730 is quoting team leader Zhang Kehuan as saying hackers can steal private information by remote control and send e-mails and text messages from an Android device without the owner’s knowledge.
The breach allows them to bypass passwords and control the device even in standby mode.
As many as 500 million users on Android 4.1 or later versions are vulnerable, the experts said.
Zhang said the team has reported the vulnerabilities to Google but added these can only be resolved by releasing a new version of Android.
The team also found that eight of the 12 most popular social networking sites are at risk of malware attack.
It comes from programs disguised as authorized software and are able to send messages on behalf of users.
CUHK associate professor Lau Wing-cheong warned users against installing applications from unknown sources and urged them to improve their personal data management.
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