Half of Androids Still Vulnerable to Security Threats
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/19/2012 -- Over half of Android devices are still vulnerable to known security threats that allow hackers to hack into a person’s data. This according to Duo Security, a media firm that focuses on security. The firm has done what they called “X-ray scans” of the phones. These scans are known to reveal any weaknesses in a given phone or operating system.
Jon Oberheide, the co-founder and CTO of Duo Security states in a blog post that “Since we launched X-Ray, we’ve already collected results from over 20,000 Android devices worldwide.”
These hacks were caused by individuals downloading malicious applications that just led to the inclusion of the hackable components.
Even so, the 50% estimation may seem to some a like an extreme. Oberheide stands by the number and claims that it is not only accurate but also a frightening statistic that ought to be taken seriously. “Yes, it’s a scary number, but it exemplifies how important expedient patching is to mobile security and how poorly the industry [carriers, device manufacturers, etc] has performed thus far,” Oberheide said.
He is correct in claiming so, because Android company have slowly responded to these hacks or acknowledge them at all. Android phones have had plenty of what is called “root exploits.”
Analysts such as Bogdan Botezatu, a senior e-threat analyst at BitDefender, reflects in an email and states that, “Since the launch of our mobile security solution, root exploits have been some of the most frequently encountered threats.”
The phone companies either move too quickly from one version/model to the next, or they do not update a system’s operating system long enough to deal with these malware or exploits. This, even though problems are well known and well documented. This fact is not widely known to the average person on the street, and Oberheide wanted to make it more clear the the general public. “While it’s well-known in the security community that slow patching of vulnerabilities on mobile devices is a serious issue, we wanted to bring greater visibility to the problem,” Oberheide said.
Oberheide will present his findings from the X-Ray Project at the United Security Summit Conference this upcoming Friday in San Francisco.
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