New Android Malware Caught In Online Video Platform
In Android, a new dangerous vulnerability found hidden in a video, which can hack your smartphone when it plays. This vulnerability applies to all Android smartphones from 7.0 to 9.0.
Developer Marcin Kozlovsky found a dangerous vulnerability in Android. Thanks to it, hackers can hack your smartphone if you just turn on the infected video. The bug is present in Android 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0.
It is enough for an attacker to embed his code in the video, upload the video to the Internet and wait until someone downloads it. If you enable this video on a smartphone, then the malicious code will be executed. So a hacker can steal your personal data, disable the phone, or even get full control over them.
If the video is modified in any way, the malicious code will not work. Services like YouTube and various instant messengers first compress the video, as a result of which the whole threat diminishes. But if the video is sent to you as a file – by mail or via instant messenger – then it will get to the device that is still infected.
Google has already released a patch that fixes the problem. It remains to wait until the update gets to all smartphones. In the meantime, it is better not to download videos from the Internet at all.