Google are currently rolling out a fix to their android phones following a warning from German security researchers that 99% of their handsets were potentially leaking information.
The security flaw means that hackers would be able to obtain information from peoples calendars and contacts applications – and its been warned that this these sort of attacks will only become more frequent in the future.
This comes just a few days after Google CEO Eric Schmidt claimed that the company would be improving their services so people could better protect personal information they did not want to share, so this flaw has left Google looking far from good.
A statement from Google said “We’re starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in calendar and contacts. This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.” However with this being the latest in a string of privacy issues surrounding Google, you have to wonder how much longer people will stick around
Experts from online security companies have praised Google’s quick response to the issue, however have warned that the huge range of android smartphones on the market does leave them very susceptible to hacking and other issues
Graham Cluley from Sophos has advised for people to update to the most recent version of android, and to try avoid using open wi-fi networks, saying ‘3G may eat into your data plan, but it is far less likely that your communications are being snooped upon,”
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