New research discovers millions of devices are potentially affected by smartphone security flaws, built-in at the hardware level…
Fresh research funded by the United States Department of Homeland Security have uncovered security vulnerabilities right inside smartphones at the device level. And, these exist in all four major US wireless carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. (Other carriers are also impacted by the same threat.)
Government-Backed Research suggests Millions of Smartphones Potentially contain Security Flaws
The exploits reside deep within the operating systems of affected devices. Kryptowire, a mobile security company, conducted the research which found the vulnerabilities.
What’s more, the manufacturers were notified of the security flaws as early as February. However, some of the warnings went unheeded and the companies did not disclose the information.
The flaws are built into phones by manufacturers, and include a loophole that could exploit data, emails and text messages. The flaws would “escalate privileges and take over the device.” This all came about when Amazon stopped selling Blu phones when a security flaws was found in the devices.