A bug has recently been discovered by Checkpoint researchers who were working with a software made by the US firm Qualcomm.
This bug has been found in nearly 1 billion android phones that contain Qualcomm chips. There is currently no evidence of any harmful activity being performed by cyber thieves. However, although there are currently no vulnerabilities being used by cyber thieves, there is a high possibility that they will start attacking in the next three to four months.
This bug is mainly found in phone software that controls graphics and communication between processes in a phone. This is how cyber thieves can gradually take over a phone and gain all of its access.
Phones Being Affected
The good news is that not all Android phones have been affected. Here is a list of the affected phones:
- BlackBerry Priv
- Google Nexus
- LG G4, G5, and V10
- Moto X
- OnePlus One
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
If this bug isn’t taken care of immediately, attackers will have the ability to gain complete access to a phone’s data.
As a response to this problem, Qualcomm has created patches for this problematic bug and has sent patches to phone makers and operators. They have also started to use the fixed versions in their factories. Of course no one wants his or her phone to be hacked.
If you have an affected phone, avoid downloading apps from third-party app stores and stick to Google Play Store. There is also a free app called QuadRooter Scanner that helps determine if your device has been affected. This app checks if patches for any bugs have been downloaded and installed on your phone.