Transcript for Android Devices May Be at Risk of Potential Software Vulnerabilities
We are back now with a warning about your phone. Chose to 1 billion android smartphone and tablet users could be in danger of being hit with a hack attack exposing all of your personal information. ABC's Mara schiavocampo is here with all the details. Good morning, Mara. Reporter: Lara, good morning. It's being called one of the most serious potential threats to android ever uncovered. Possibly allowing a hacker access to all of your most sensitive information and you'd never even know they'd been there. Android, the most popular mobile operating system in the world used on up to a billion phones. This morning, as many as 95% of these phones are vulnerable to a malicious new attack. A cybersecurity expert warning of a massive security flaw that could allow a hacker to break into your phone just by having your number. To be exploited before the user noticed anything. That is very dangerous. Reporter: Here's how it works. Hackers create a short video with malware hidden inside then secretary it to you and the scary new twist, you don't even have to open it for the bug to access your phone. When your phone receives the message it begins processing the video and that's what lefts the bad guys in giving them access to all of your data, everything from contacts to photos, even letting them take over your microphone and camera to monitor your every word and move. Android devices get software updates inconsistently which is incredibly scary. It leaves users kind of in a lurch. Reporter: Similar to what happens when they embed malware in phone apps as we were shown. Look what happens when he takes my picture. Can we see the photo? Will it appear there? And sure enough, it's now on his laptop. The phone was even recording our entire conversation. Right now a command was sent to the phone much it is eavesdropping on the microphone right now. Reporter: This is the conversation we were just having? Yeah, we were being spied on. Reporter: With this latest android threat, experts don't believe any hackers have actually done it yet. In a statement android maker Google says we've already responded quickly to this issue by sending the fix for all android devices to our partners. Really scary stuff. Now some experts saying using your phone's default message app might help but the real fix has to come from the phone's manufacturer. If you have an iPhone you're in luck. This vulnerability does not affect iPhones as it targets androids specifically. All right, well, that's good news for some of us but still really scary. Thank you so much, Mara.
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