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Hackers getting into your Android devices through a pre-installed backdoor can get full access to your smartphone and potentially computer network

If you are using an Android smartphone in business, you may want to think again.

BitSight just reported that certain Android smartphones are vulnerable to hacking, as the Over-the-Air update mechanism is insecure. This potential for hacking is reported in lower priced Android devices, particular from Best Buy and BLU Studio G.

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This finding means that almost 3 million people throughout the world using Android smartphones are at risk for being attacked by a hacker accessing their phone remotely. This is possible because they have discovered a pre-installed backdoor that contains root privileges. This allows the hacker to gain complete control of the phone.

The OTA mechanism that is prone to hacking is found in phones made by Ragentek Group out of China, and the hidden binary contained within provides information to the hacker regarding the user and sets up the potential for the hacker to use the device as a privileged user.

This flaw in the Android devices has been hidden well, using a number of techniques to ensure that the binary wasn’t uncovered.

A person who wants to hack your Android smartphone can gather all of your personal information off of the device, erase your device remotely, and then use the information gathered to access your business database in order to steal further information.

With close to 3 million devices that have been discovered that contain this dangerous rootkit, the outcome could mean a disaster for many Android users. This has been a recurring problem for Android smartphones, as this is the second time this week that investigators have uncovered pre-installed backdoors on Android devices. These devices are sending huge amounts of data to servers in China, and the set up allows your system to be run remotely.

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My wife called around and the first company to actually answer the phone was PC Help Services, Inc. She scheduled a time for the owner, Jason, to come out to our house; he came out within 48 hours. (In the past, we had taken our computer to a place like Best Buy to get it repaired, but we really don’t like doing that anymore. Even though it costs more for a repairman to come to one’s home, it is worth it for convenience and security.) Jason showed up on time and was very professional. At the advice of the person who scheduled the appt. over the phone, we purchased a new DVD burner from Fry’s ahead of time to save money. When Jason determined that the DVD burner / drive in our computer was indeed inoperable, he began to replace it with the one we had purchased. There was a problem between the computer and the connectors for the new DVD drive. Jason knew of a store from which he could buy a new connector. Within 10 minutes he was back and had spent $5.00 for the connector. He quickly installed the new DVD drive and concluded within 45 minutes, start to finish. Hire PC Help Services, Inc., by all means!”

Philip Kern / April 2009

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