600 million Samsung mobiles could be spied on

18 June 2015

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-3-Back If you have a Samsung Galaxy, of any sort, your device could be spied on, thanks to a vulnerability in the in-built SwiftKey keyboard.

The keyboard comes installed in advance of 600 million of Samsung's mobile devices, and apparently, it can be very easily hacked, which in turn, can give away a lot of your vital information.

This is according to Ryan Welton, who is a researcher with cyber-security firm NowSecure. He reckons that the flaw could allow hackers to see what you're up to and can access your GPS, camera and microphone, as well as enabling them to secretly install malicious applications.

NowSecure say they told Samsung about this back in November, but no-one has done anything about it, so they've gone public.

In a statement by SwiftKey a while ago, they said, "the way this technology was integrated on Samsung devices introduced the security vulnerability." However, they soon deleted that. The Guardian ran a quote from Joe Braid, chief marketing officer of SwiftKey, saying, "Unfortunately, we were only made aware of the issue on Tuesday. We are working as hard as possible to support Samsung and help it fix the issue."

Samsung have since said that they "take emerging security threats very seriously... and [is] committed to providing the latest in mobile security."

If you're worried about this, there's a host of other keyboards you can download from the Google Play store or, if you want to bolster your device's security, here's the Bitterwallet guide to the best security and anti-virus programs you can download.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Privacy   Scams


  • Spyro
    Incorrect last paragraph. Using other keyboards on the samsung will make no difference as the samsung keyboard continues to run in the background. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/17/samsung-keyboard-bug-android-hack
  • PIe M.
    I'd like to see these twats hack my Nokia 3410.

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