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500,000,000 Android devices affected by this malware that uses "clickjacking" to access your device

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According to mobile security firm Skycure, a new form of malware is putting as many as half a billion Android handsets at the risk of "accessibility clickjacking." This is a method that tricks smartphone users into clicking on something that appears to be benign, but could actually be opening up a phone for hackers. It requires a malicious website to load what appears to be a non-threatening website with an invisible overlay from another service.

The clickjacking can allow a hacker to steal all text based sensitive information, and take actions using the operating system or apps that were not approved or not even known by the phone's owner. Personal and work SMS would be at risk along with "personal and work emails, data from messaging apps, sensitive data on business applications such as CRM software, marketing automation software and more."

Once accessibility has been enabled, the hacker can change admin permissions and even enable a new Device Admin. This could allow the hacker to disable the passcode or even remotely wipe the device.

To see this "clickjacking" in action, check out the video at the bottom of this story. It shows a free game called 'Rick and Morty.' Clicks made during the game are actually activating an invisible layer of the OS. Finishing the game means that the victim's phone has given accessibility permissions for a number of features.

65% of Android devices, those running Android 2.2 to 4.4, are vulnerable. Once your device has been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, this particular malware issue is no longer a threat.

To fight back, Skycure suggests updating to the newest Android OS build as soon as possible. Do not click on dialogue boxes unless you are sure you know where they came from, and why they appeared on your screen. Do not use third party app stores, and download a mobile threat defense app. Open "Settings," go to "Accessibility" settings and make sure there is either no group named "Services," or that the group has no enabled entries.






source: Skycure via BGR

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posted on 04 Mar 2016, 20:25 15

1. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Poor guys.. My condolences :(

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:35 7

34. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


as an android user i am happy about this virus think crash the phones forces people 2 upgrade old ass phones increasing sakes and tech

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 20:19 2

85. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 290; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


And would waste $600 or more for an upgrade? Most people are not like you who would waste money. Especially if that phone was bought has a special meaning.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 04:28

87. stanislav (Posts: 136; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Yes so good !!! Lets pollute the earth as fast as we can, also throwing our money and time away is good.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 03:49

95. Xelief (Posts: 52; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


Saying you're glad for a virus that can have such a large impact on someone's life because it forces them to upgrade is just retarded. Some people can't AFFORD to upgrade to the most recent devices, or just don't need a top of the line device. With such a large portion of the market still on these operating systems, Google and friends should be keeping up on security updates for them, especially since these phones are still being sold in a lot of cases.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 01:58 14

42. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1547; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


As expected, you are the first one to troll here lol.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 04:01 7

49. Macready (Posts: 951; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


No need to worry, it's really only a possible concern for people installing apps from "unknown sources" on an old pre 5.0 firmware. Mostly a firm trying to push their "protection app"

In the end, iOS is the OS with more security threats.
http://www.gfi.com/blog/most-vulnerable-operating-systems-and-applications-in-2014/

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 11:11 3

63. perry1234 (Posts: 153; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


Uh , this is 2016 and iOS is leaps and bounds ahead of Android in security.
Android is better in other things , of course...

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 11:38 10

66. Macready (Posts: 951; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


No, it's actually worse now for iOS than 2 years ago. Read their updated database. The funny part is also that most of these Android threats are theoretical. I have never heard anyone to be affected. That's not the case with iOS ones, the recent date bug exploit sitting fresh in our memories for example.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 02:17

86. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


iOS vulnerabilities are luckily isolated to specific regions namely China. And who cares about the Chinese right? As long as they're making our s**t for cheap it's all good bro.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:05 1

89. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Canada/US isn't in China you dishonest dummy, the date brick was already confirmed by Apple and affects ANY iDevices.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 06:23

96. perry1234 (Posts: 153; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


I agree that the date bug was a silly oversight by Apple , but for that bug to activate we specifically had to set the device date to 1970 or before. I would take such bugs any day rather than have my phone controlled by some hacker.
Anyhow seeing the recent tiff between Apple and FBI , might just change to Android in the future ( had a Note 3 , switched for the first time to iOS with 6S Plus)

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 07:07 8

51. Mr.Meeseeks (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Mar 2016)


that's why stupid people should use Iphone

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 10:30

61. submar (Posts: 462; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


To Apple??

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 20:31 6

2. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


I guess this is where the latest and greatest OS having less than 2% installed base is a good thing though! Think of the bright side guys!

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 20:43 3

3. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Might as well use a black and white flip phone at least you will have good ol snake game.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 21:00 6

7. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


On a serious not, Snake was the best. I friggen miss my Nokia phone :'(

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 21:15 8

9. kajam (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


Or use an iPhone that you pay for but you don't own it with all limited features from BC

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 22:01 15

17. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Funny how you see ownership. With android they print a carriers logo on YOUR phone, then they put unremovable apps that you don't want on YOUR phone, then they release (or don't release at all) updates from manufacturers made for YOUR phone, and block features that manufacturers designed for YOUR phone, apps that start on their own, and hardly any control what apps are allowed to access on YOUR phone.

Oh yeah, you "own" your phone.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 22:37 16

20. Subie (Posts: 738; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Not if you buy factory unlocked. Or how about Nexus phones from the Google Play store?

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 22:40 7

21. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


My point stands....

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:16 20

26. Subie (Posts: 738; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Mine stands taller. Post a real rebuttal next time.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:32 6

32. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


My point stands because how many people actually own those vs the rest of android market share. I'm actually curious - anyone got a link?

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 02:11 19

44. sachouba (Posts: 159; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Not everyone lives in the US...
In other places, carriers do NOT print anything on your phone, they install almost nothing on your phone (if they install something), they send updates quickly and do NOT block any feature.
Moreover, more than half of the people who own a smartphone did NOT get the phone on contract.

It's only is the US that people have just discovered no-contract plans...

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:52 6

37. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


Except unlike the apple device you have stuck in your pucker, we have these things called a custom rom, which literally allows us to get away from all of that and always will. So your "points" kind of fall completely flat on that alone, but keep trying, maybe you'll hit a fact some day!

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:13 5

25. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


#rekt

You make so much sense they probably will call you a troll. Thats how things work on here lol. I almost feel bad for the clowns on this site who are so brainwashed by the anti Apple movement where they can't even see their own issues right in front of them lol.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:34 12

33. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Unordinary, I appreciate the vote, but name calling anyone is just juvenile. Argue for or against android all you want, but I hate personal attacks on any group of people.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 03:38 5

47. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1547; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Try saying something remotely negative about Apple and he'll also call you names.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 00:21 3

38. lyndon420 (Posts: 4370; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I have a Nexus 6 through Rogers and it has none of what you described. Aside from the lone Rogers app (which I use often) you wouldn't have a clue which carrier provided this phone without digging into the settings.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 11:13 1

64. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


On Windows Phone and Windows 10 mobile, you can remove all of the carrier installed apps if you want to. Is this not possible on android devices for real?

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 13:35

88. xfire99 (Posts: 827; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Agreed, all these happens when u buy an iPhone.
http://mashable.com/2015/06/09/ios-9-unremovable-apps/#qRM3anPIFiqD

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 17:17

91. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Fully agree xfire99, those some apps Apple includes cannot be removed, but most can be removed (not all).. Regardless, Those are APPLE apps, same as native android call and text apps that you get with all the phones... I'm talking about third party apps like Verizon's and AT&Ts, non native weather apps, sports scores apps, game demos, and so on (look up bloatware). Apps I'm talking about that are not googles or samsungs/HTC/whatever. Things that I can download and uninstall on iOS if I want a data tracking app from AT&T - on android this stuff is preinstalled before you buy the device, and worse sometimes starts on its own and does run in background for no reason.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 21:25 1

93. xfire99 (Posts: 827; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


You are talking about carrier locked phone on contract. Who did mentioned about carrier locked phones? Are all androids phones selling worldwide carriers locked with full of bloatwares?
Does US carriers forcing peoples to buy theirs carrier locked phones?
Google apps or Apples apps that cant be removed, 1st or 3rd parts apps is same s**t.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 20:50 2

4. Awalker (Posts: 1498; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It seems like you care a lot about this issue. Why?

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 07:12

52. xondk (Posts: 1388; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


The problem is really that there's the whole carrier issue between phone creators and the phone itself, which can cause delayed or never arriving updates.
So yeah, frustrating, really would be nice if the creator was able to push updates without a delay, I know with samsung you can use their windows software to get updates faster but why they can't just push them to phone regardless of carrier is just silly, no one wants the carrier branded stuff that some provide anyway.
And if you want it, its as simple as going to google play and finding it.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 20:53 21

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (limited) (Posts: 1133; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


You know what's annoying in phonearena website using Android phone? You will get a pop-up scam ads and says you're a lucky winner, or your phone is in virus bla bla. That's why I ditch chrome and use miui browser instead

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 20:57 9

6. Awalker (Posts: 1498; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I use Rbrowser. It's like Chrome with an ad blocker built in.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 21:08 6

8. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I don't see any ads, popups or redirects on iOS. Zero!!!!

Using native browser that came with the phone.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 21:15 14

11. kajam (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


Because you have limits that's why

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 21:21 2

13. Raito (Posts: 58; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


What limits??

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 00:24 7

39. lyndon420 (Posts: 4370; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


How many different browsers can you use on iOS?

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 17:29

92. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Check out App Store> browsers (also check out file managers, and chromecast comparable apps - most have their own browsers built in, too).

But how many browsers do you need on the phone? Find the one you like and use what works for you.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 22:05 3

19. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


What limits? (Also see post # 17 above.)

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 21:19 10

12. baldilocks (Posts: 743; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


But you see ads in aps. I don't because I can root my phone and make it do anything I want it to do. I was once like you, in a locked room. Once you taste freedom, you'll never go back.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 21:22 6

14. Raito (Posts: 58; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


Not really,had tasted "freedom" for 4 years and i got bored by that,Windows Mobile better than your "taste of freedom" anyways

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 22:04 5

18. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I can jailbrake my iPhone - so much for that argument.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:22 8

28. kajam (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


You just said it JAILBREAK. These the limits you have inside your jailed phone i was talking about.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:35 5

35. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


And he said, he can root his phone just to do what iOS does without jailbrake.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 04:45 8

50. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


You have to Jailbreak iPhone and lose warranty to get less than the capability of a non rooted Android.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 10:06 3

56. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Same for android. But you're purposely avoiding the point I'm making. And please explain how rooted android is better than jailbroken iPhone?

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:32 2

31. submar (Posts: 462; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Brainwashed

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 10:21 2

58. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Nice pissing contest guys.. Both have there positives and negatives. If an ifan things everything is better on ios you are dumb, if you are an fandroid and think everything is better on Android you too are stupid

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 10:29 1

60. submar (Posts: 462; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Which is better?

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 11:43 1

68. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Neither.. The better one is whichever one you like best. I personally don't like ios but I know it has its strengths. I'm an android guy thru and thru

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 14:18 1

73. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Lol, I'm so with you on this - I'm just countering their points - I'm just surprised he doesn't see it...

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 03:32

94. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


AlikMalix, do you see any point continuing this discussion, if you can call it that?

Everyone here has their own favourites brands.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 14:52 1

77. Zylam (Posts: 754; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


@AlikMalix

I lost track of how many people you just owned in your thread. Gotta be some kind of a record!

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:50

90. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


If zero people is a new record I don't wanna know how AlikMalix managed to own negative amounts of people before.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 21:47 13

16. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4185; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I'm on Chrome right now and have never seen that. You need to lay off the porn. ;-)

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 22:48 1

23. pupkin (Posts: 68; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


hahah!

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