Android Applications Open to Attack

by Martin Quinn (Principal Consultant) 10 July 2013

If you own an Android device, and statistics dictate that 30% of us do, then you should be looking at upgrading or patching the operating system of your device. There has been a whirlwind of security talk about Android applications being easily exploitable over the past few weeks.

In a nutshell all Android applications are digitally signed for authenticity. It is this authenticity which has come under fire in recent weeks. An attacker can reverse engineer an application and re-compile it with malicious code and sign it with the original digital signature.

What does this mean you ask? Good question. It means that it’s possible to have a legitimate app to be “updated” with malicious code so the bad guys can pilfer data and information from your device or take total control over it, without you even knowing.

According to Google they provided a patch for this back in March, but this was through Google’s OEM and carrier partners and may not have made its way to your device.

With the prevalence of smartphones now connecting directly into corporate and business networks, and with the same access and privileges as normal desktop or laptops, but without the same security controls that are traditionally associated with these devices, it’s alarming.

If you believe that your device has been hacked or your network has been hacked, contact Intact Security today on (02) 9227 8201 for an obligation free consultation.

80% of Businesses don’t even know they have been hacked, of the 20% that do, they have been hacked more than 10 times.

Relax. Your security is Intact

Author: Intact Security
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Posted on by Martin Quinn in Security Blog