Beware! Your Android phone may be under attack

Hacking experts demonstrated ways to attack Android smartphones using near field communications that can damage the protection.

Updated: Jul 26, 2012, 11:57 AM IST

Zeebiz Bureau

Las Vegas: If you are using Android phones it is high time you became fully aware of the new threat that is looming large over your smartphone.

At the Black Hat hacking conference held in Las Vegas on Wednesday, hacking experts demonstrated ways to attack Android smartphones using methods they said work on virtually all such devices in use today.

Although search engine giant Google has recently made all possible efforts to boost protection, but experts say that a method for delivering malicious code to Android phones using a new Android feature known as near field communications can damage the protection.

Near field communications allow users to share photos with friends, make payments or exchange other data by bringing Android phones within a few centimeters of similarly equipped devices such as another phone or a payment terminal.

One of the experts attending the conference also said that he figured out how to create a device the size of a postage stamp that could be stuck in an inconspicuous place such as near a cash register at a restaurant. When an Android user walks by, the phone would get infected, said the expert.

Experts also say that Android users are still vulnerable because carriers and device manufacturers have not pushed those fixes or patches out to users.

Although iPhones and iPads don't face the same problem because Apple has been able to get carriers to push out security updates fairly quickly after they are released.

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With Agency Inputs