Hundreds of Vulnerabilities Found in Vast Majority of Android Smartphones

Android phones have developed a reputation for not being quite as secure as you might like them to be. A recent study has revealed that the Qualcomm Snapdragon, a digital processing chip that is used in the vast majority of Android smartphones in the world, is open to around 400 vulnerabilities. This is a shocking number, and it is particularly concerning when you realize that this means that 40% of the smartphones in the world are under constant threat of some kind of cyber attack that would be very difficult to recover from.

This vulnerability in the code of this digital signal processor can lead to problems like spying as well as data theft. Accessing the video and audio input of your phone as well as seeing what you are doing on your device can be quite easy for a malicious actor that somehow manages to exploit this vulnerability in some way, shape or form. A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that hackers are aware of such vulnerabilities and they take advantage of them whenever they can. Sensitive data that is stored on your phone, data such as your bank details and the like, can all be stolen through this vulnerability.

Another thing to note is that this vulnerability could make it possible for malicious hackers to “brick” your phone. This means that a constant denial of service attack would occur, making it impossible for you to access your cell phone network or connect to any wireless internet connection. This would mean that your phone is pretty much worthless, and it is the sort of attack that is quite common when so many vulnerabilities are exposed. It is very important for big tech companies to try to get ahead of this issue before it starts to get out of hand.

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