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        Alex5723
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        Qualcomm Snapdragon Bugs Leave 40% Of World’s Smartphones Exposed To Spying Threat

        Security researchers from Check Point have found an incredible 400 vulnerabilities within code sections of the Qualcomm Snapdragon digital signal processor (DSP) chip found in approximately 40% of the world’s smartphones: high-end devices from Google, OnePlus and Samsung included. Indeed, that’s most nearly all Android smartphones, or hundreds of millions of devices, to put the gravity of this into some context…

        Your Android smartphone could be turned into a spying device, with no user interaction required, photos copied, calls recorded, location data exposed and real-time microphone data captured….

        https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/08/06/hundreds-of-millions-of-android-phones-can-spy-on-users-as-400-snapdragon-security-flaws-confirmed-qualcomm-google-lg-samsung-oneplus/#d03affb60b25

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        Microfix
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        Security researchers from Check Point have found an incredible 400 vulnerabilities within code sections of the Qualcomm Snapdragon digital signal processor (DSP) chip found in approximately 40% of the world’s smartphones:

        40% thats rather a conservative figure compared to the article over at bleepingcomputer

        According to Check Point, these vulnerabilities make it possible for:
        • Attackers to turn the phone into a perfect spying tool, without any user interaction required. The information that can be exfiltrated from the phone includes photos, videos, call-recording, real-time microphone data, GPS and location data, etc.
        • May be able to render the mobile phone constantly unresponsive. Making all the information stored on this phone permanently unavailable -including photos, videos, contact details, etc–in other words, a targeted denial-of-service attack.
        • Can use malware and other malicious code can completely hide their activities and become un-removable.

        Now sounds like a good time to backup your android mobile phone/tablet personal data.

        FYI: iThings not affected, so SWMBO is happy and I’m too dumb to have a smart phone 😉

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      • #2286918 Reply
        Fred
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        It’s hard to see this as a common bug,   ooops….

        That only the crooks will use.

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      • #2286920 Reply
        Fred
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        Now sounds like a good time to backup your android mobile phone/tablet personal data.

        What does this help to prevent that snooping in my whereabouts?

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        • #2286929 Reply
          Microfix
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          @Fred, As per my Previous post quote from Bleeping Computer:

          • May be able to render the mobile phone constantly unresponsive. Making all the information stored on this phone permanently unavailable -including photos, videos, contact details, etc–in other words, a targeted denial-of-service attack.

          My bolding
          Is good enough reason to backup.

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      • #2286925 Reply
        Microfix
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        Looks like not only hardware but in the US, injected malware has been discovered in android devices according to Nathan Collier (Senior Malware Intelligence Analyst) over at Malwarebytes

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