Thought the information on your phone was safe as long as you don’t open a strange email from Zimbabwe or store your photos on a cloud-based system? Well you thought wrong.
Hackers have unleashed the “Stagefright” bug, which puts 950 million smartphones at risk. The scary new hack infiltrates your phone with only a single multimedia text message to an Android smartphone. That’s right, someone sends you a text message and “BOOM!” you’re infected.
The bug utilizes Stagefright, a media playback tool exclusively found in Android phones. Once the malicious multimedia message is received by the phone, the bug would let them write code to the device and steal data from sections of the phone that can be reached with Stagefright’s permissions. That would allow hackers full access of your phone which means that they could mine private data, record audio and video, plus gain access to your dick pics in your photo album. Even Bluetooth would be hackable by this nasty security attack.
Another frightening aspect of this bug is that much like syphilis, you may not even know that you have it. Since the hacker has control of your phone as soon as your phone receives the bug, the attacker could delete the message themselves as soon as they’ve executed the attack. Thus there would be no trace, not even a message notification.
Over 95 percent of Android smartphones in use or roughly 950 million smartphones may be vulnerable to the Stagefright hack.
Joshua Drake from Zimperium Mobile Security discovered the bug in April and calls this weaknesses, “Mother of all Android Vulnerabilities.” Drake shared his findings with Google and the tech giant sent out patches to its partners, however manufacturers have not yet made fixes available to protect their customers. “All devices should be assumed to be vulnerable.”
If you are targeted, you would have little chance of defending against the vicious attack.
On the bright side, if you have a piece of shit old phone you’re probably safe. Android phones using anything earlier than Android v2.2 (Froyo) are not affected. Devices running a build older than Jelly Bean (4.1) are thought to be the most vulnerable, but the latest release, Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), was still vulnerable.
So you might want to delete those dick pics like now.