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The Independent reports that all Android phones are vulnerable to a huge hack that could allow people to take over phones if people just watch one ‘innocent’ video.
The bug has been called Stagefright 2 and is similar to a bug that affected hundreds of thousands Android devices last year.
It exploits a weakness in one of the pieces of code in the operating system, which can allow hackers access to the device.
So what can you do to protect your phone?
Be aware: attackers have to do is lure someone into opening a URL, which would appear innocent to the user.
Reports the Independent: “They could then open the video or audio file — and since the flaw can be exploited using the metadata that comes with that file, they wouldn’t need to do anything more.”
But even if a fix is pushed out, users’ phones may not receive the update straight away and could take several weeks.
Zimperium said that it would not be publicly releasing any details on the flaw until it was patched by Google. It cannot even update its tool to check whether phones are vulnerable to the problem it said, so it’s not possible to be sure how many have been hit by it.