Attention Android users, your phones can be
hacked by a single text.
Cybersecurity company Zimperium discovered a
hack in Android phones where the device can be
compromised just by receiving a simple text
message. The hack, known as Stagefright, stems
from the way Android phones process incoming
messages, where devices automatically process the
media attached to a text message like photos or
videos, according to CNN. That means a file
corrupted with malware can infect and compromise
your entire Android device before you even open a
The smartphone hack is estimated to be the largest
in history, affecting 950 million Android users, or
about 95 percent of Android phones in use today.
According to CNN, Zimperium had notified Google
about the bug on April 9. But after 109 days, the
bug still hasn’t been fixed, prompting the cyber
security company to go public with the news. While
Apple was able to fix a similar bug by issuing an
update to iPhone users, Google has many more
impediments in its way: phone carriers and
cellphone manufacturers would need to work
together in order to deliver software updates.
“This vulnerability was identified in a laboratory
setting on older Android devices, and as far as we
know, no one has been affected. As soon as we
were made aware of the vulnerability we took
immediate action and sent a fix to our partners to
protect users,” a Google spokesperson told ABC via


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