And this is another reason why I would never own an Android phone. I have to admit, I have one of the coolest jobs on the planet. I'm paid to penetrate corporations via their network and in person. But by far the best part of my job is simply sitting outside of a place like Starbucks and collecting information from Android users. Yes, there are hacking tools that allow bad guys to collect your (Android users) information, especially if you’re using the free WiFi.
One of the more recent disturbing exploits is designed to hack Android phones remotely. This puts millions of Android users in jeopardy of having their phones and all the information stored on them compromised. The name is Android Stagefright Exploit!
It allows the cyber criminal to hack Android smartphones in 10 seconds! All they have to do is trick an unsuspecting user to visit a hacker’s web page which contains a malicious code file. In simplest terms, when you visit the site your phone now belongs to a hacker.
So what is Stagefright? It’s a multimedia playback library built inside the Android operating system to process, record and play multimedia files such as videos. What was discovered is that the core Android component can be remotely exploited to hijack 95% of Android devices with just a simple trick message or web page.
How it works:
1. The hacker tricks poor Android user to visit a malicious web page containing a video, which will crash the Android’s software to reset its internal state.
2. Once it’s restarted, information about your phone is sent over the Internet to the hackers server.
3. The hacker then sends a custom generated video file to the affected device (your Android), allowing the Stagefright bug to reveal more information about your Android’s internal state.
4. That information is sent back to the hacker, with another video file that contains the malware (the bad stuff), which when processed by Starfright starts executing on the Android’s smartphone with all privileges it needs to spy on its owner.
There you have it. So it may not be wise to store valuable information on your phone. Things like banking information, home address, credit card information and those special photos that have absolutely NO business being on your phone in the first place.