3 August 2015

Security researchers claim a vulnerability in Android smartphones can be exploited by attackers to render the devices lifeless and effectively unusable. The researchers say the vulnerability exists in more than half of Android devices.

The researchers say the vulnerability can be exploited via a malicious application which has been downloaded to the phone, or by visiting a malicious website.

The vulnerability is reportedly present in devices using Android 4.3 (Jellybean) to Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop).

News of the vulnerability follows revelations of flaws in the Stagefright media library that are believed to ‘critically expose’ an estimated 950 million Android devices worldwide.

Staying safe

You are advised to be careful about the applications you download to your Android devices. Only download applications from reputable application stores or marketplaces. Ensure you only visit legitimate websites for business or personal purposes, and be wary of being directed to malicious websites.

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