*Android Security Alert: 900 million devices at risk. Here’s the list

By Kim Komando   …..

Inside today’s smartphones are components that have been traditionally associated with desktop computers. For starters, there are chips, drivers, graphics processing units, RAM and more.

This is why security threats are becoming more prevalent with smartphones. The hackers and scammers are employing similar techniques that they have fine-tuned over the years.

Your average smartphone is a miniature and very powerful computer.

What else does your computer have that your smartphone has? Let’s start with drivers. I bet you never considered that your phone has programs to make other things work with it.

Another thing that they have in common is chipsets. These handle the flow of data.

This major security alert affects Android phones that use chipsets from component maker Qualcomm. The drivers that come pre-installed to run the Qualcomm chipset are vulnerable.

In total, 900 million Android devices are at risk. The vulnerable Android devices include the following:

  • BlackBerry Priv
  • Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2
  • Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P
  • HTC One, HTC M9 and HTC 10
  • LG G4, LG G5, and LG V10
  • New Moto X by Motorola
  • OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

What should you do if you own one of these phones?

Check all your installed apps for updates. Make sure that you have all the latest updates to your Android devices, too. Qualcomm recently pushed out some patches to fix the problems. Google has reported that they will be issuing a patch too.

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One thought on “*Android Security Alert: 900 million devices at risk. Here’s the list

  1. Since smartphones are becoming less and less a cell phone and more and more a small toy computer, then I think we can see this becoming a problem just like it is on real computers.

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