Security researchers have discovered a dangerous security breach in certain Samsung Galaxy phones. Here's how to find out if your phone is vulnerable.
The mobile security firm NowSecure says that more than 600 million Samsung Galaxy phone are affected by the flaw. According to NowSecure, by exploiting a hole in Galaxy's keyboard software, hackers could do the following:
"1. Access sensors and resources like GPS, camera and microphone
2. Secretly install malicious app(s) without the user knowing
3. Tamper with how other apps work or how the phone works
4. Eavesdrop on incoming/outgoing messages or voice calls
5. Attempt to access sensitive personal data like pictures and text messages"
At this point, the researchers say, users can't do anything about it. Here's what NowSecure says: "Unfortunately, the flawed keyboard app can’t be uninstalled. Also, it isn’t easy for the Samsung mobile device user to tell if the carrier has patched the problem with a software update.”
Samsung is working on a patch. Is your Galaxy affected? To find out, go to the NowSecure page describing the issue, scroll down, and see if your model and carrier is on the list.