99.7% of Android settlers warned to avoid public WiFi networks over data breach threat

“Owners of Android smartphones are being warned to avoid public WiFi networks after researchers found a security flaw that could affect the vast majority of devices based on Google’s software,” Tim Bradshaw reports for The Financial Times.

“A trio of researchers at Ulm University in Germany found that it was ‘quite easy’ for hackers to intercept data from Google’s photo-sharing, calendar and contacts applications, as well as potentially other Google services such as Gmail, using a flaw that affects 99 per cent of all Android devices,” Bradshaw reports. “In March, Google was forced to remove more than 50 rogue applications, which could have stolen data or sent costly messages, from tens of thousands of Android devices.”

Bradshaw reports, “Google said of the flaw: ‘We’re aware of this issue, have already fixed it for calendar and contacts in the latest versions of Android, and we’re working on fixing it in Picasa.’ However, according to the researchers, the flaw still affects devices running older versions of Android, which make up 99.7 percent of Google smartphones in use today.”

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46 Comments

  1. Setting aside the all-too-easy target of Android security flaws:

    If you’re an Android user I strongly suggest you go to your phone service provider and DEMAND AN ANDROID UPDATE!

    Being stuck at a version of Android riddled with security holes, when an actual update solving the problem is available (and there is!), constitutes business malfeasance. It’s another form of ‘Hate Thy Customer’, which is eternally unacceptable. The customer rules. Deal with it.

  2. As a Droid user, I feel you are being too hard on yourself! Apple’s iOS is simply the best all around operating system available to smart phones. I’d rather have a “walled garden” if it means I don’t get all of these malware attacks I’m sick of them! I am going to toss my Android turd of a phone soon and plan on buying what I should have got a couple of years ago. Android doesn’t beat your iPhone in any tangible way.. trust me! Droid (and all Android products) truly suck donkey wiener!

  3. I dont know, I have the iphone 4 and an HTC inspire… I love my inspire, I find android 2.2 and 2.3 to be extremly well polished, and in many ways out does iOS. I switched to android when I lost all my music, videos and apps, from a bad HD, and apple would not let me redownload them again, since I already used my 1 time! I dont have this issue with android… I swiched and I dont think I’ll go back any time soon… but I use my iphone as a cool ipod.

  4. Uh. You guys do realize your information is just as exposed on a iphone? Like. If its not encrypted. Its readable. And by readable I mean plain text, and by duh I mean DUH.
    This means you should use SSL. OR as I prefer
    DO NOT CONNECT TO FOREIGN UNTRUSTED NETWORKS TO TRANSMIT SENSITIVE DATA and no starbucks isn’t a trusted network!

    rtards

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