Threat To Android Phone Users: Security Firm Says 275 Million Phones Exposed To Hack

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8:09 pm 21 Mar, 2016


It’s bad news for Android users a security firm, NorthBit, has revealed that phones with Android 2.2 ­to 4.0 and 5.0 to 5.1 operating systems are more vulnerable to online attacks.

The security firm has also warned phone owners that they should think twice before visiting any fishy-looking websites.


The phone can easily get infected by online video files that can later be used as a spyware. (1) states that these attacks work best on Nexus 5 with stock operating system, but after slight modifications can also work on HTC One, LG G3 and Samsung S5.





Though a lot phones fall in the above category, there is also a limitation of the attack: the infected website needs to be designed to hack the specific model and Android version that the victim uses.

To show how the hack works, NorthBit also provided a video:



NorthBit made it clear that the victim “has to linger for a time in the attack web page” for it to work. This time frame can be anywhere from few seconds to up to two minutes.

Is there any safe version? Yes, Android version 6.0 Marshmallow has been given the green signal.