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๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž 1.4 Billion Android Users Vulnerable to New Virus Bugs ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

October 2, 2015

๐ŸŒ New Stagefright Malware Bugs Causes All 1.4 Billion Android Users Vulnerable to Attack. This is very serious business. These vulnerabilities may be a contributing factor for the sustained massive migration from Android to Apple’s iPhone.

๐ŸŒ The Security Researcher warned recently that two new Stagefright bugs can allow hackers to break into your phone by tricking you into visiting a website containing a malicious multimedia file, either mp3 or mp4. These two new Bugs were also found in the Android media playback engine called Stagefright, just like the first series of bugs disclosed in late July.

๐ŸŒ Android Malware, Spyware, Virus Vulnerabilities are the Internet Connectivity equivalent of Someone Lifting your Mobile-Phone from your Pocket. They operate so subtly and in plain sight, you cannot See, Feel, or Notice the Theft.

๐ŸŒ In July, 2015 a security researcher revealed that Android phones could be hacked with a simple text, thanks to a series of bugs in the Android operating system that are now commonly known as Stagefright.

๐ŸŒ Joshua Drake, a researcher at Zimperium zLabs, and also author of the Androidโ€™s Hacker Handbook, found that the vulnerability affects โ€œalmost every Android deviceโ€ since the first version of the Android operating system, released as far back as 2008. The second vulnerability allows hackers to trigger the first, even in newer versions of Android, such as 5.0 and above.

๐ŸŒ Researchers at Zimperium zLabs estimate that at least 950 million Android users, and likely more are vulnerable to these these bugs. Zuk Avraham, the companyโ€™s founder and Chief Technology Officer, said that itโ€™s likely that 1.4 billion people are affected. โ€œI cannot tell you that all of the phones are vulnerable, but most of them are,โ€ he told Motherboard in a phone call.

๐ŸŒ Drake put it more bluntly: โ€œAll Android devices without the yet-to-be-released patch contain this latent issue,โ€ he told Motherboard in an email. To take advantage of these bugs, a hacker can trick a potential victim into opening a website where he has planted a malicious mp3 audio file, or a malicious mp4 video file, or by tricking the victim to open them in a third party application, say a multimedia player, that depends on the vulnerable Android libraries

๐ŸŒ Android’s Infrastructure Problem, there are over 11,800 different Android hardware devices in operation with unique versions of the Android operating system, today. Android simply cannot keep up with their Operating System vulnerabilities, nor can the Android designers convince their users to upgrade, which would protect many of them, Resulting in Massive Fragmentation. This circumstance causes major issues with App Developers too, as they cannot use the most current OS version, for fear that Older OS versions will not function properly. Android users are aware of these facts too, and know they are likely trapped with their older version of their Apps and their Older devices .

๐ŸŒ iPhones Significantly Safer to Virus Attacks according to FBI Reports ~ iOS Prevents Vulnerabilities to Spyware, Malware, Trojans, Worms, and Virus Attacks as Documented by FBI and Homeland Security Reports.

๐ŸŒ iPhones Safer to Viruses with only 0.7% (70 of 1,000,000 units) being Infected. The few being infected are because the Owners did not Upgrade their iOS to the Current iOS version.

๐ŸŒ Smart Phones are Sophisticated Miniature powerful Computers. Computers need Anti-Virus add-on Software to prevent infections. Not so with Apple, as Virus Protection Algorithms are built directly into their Operating System, iOS7.

๐ŸŒ Androids are Very Vulnerable to Attack as 79% (7,900,000 Infections per 10 million units) subject to Spyware, Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Malicious Malware Attacks. Androids are over 100 times more Vulnerable to Malicious Virus Attacks

๐ŸŒ Findings according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI Reports. An abstract of this Report was declassified and displayed below.

๐ŸŒ Android smartphones (7,900,000 Infections per 10 million units) significantly more Vulnerable (than the iPhone) to be Infected by Spyware, Trojans, Worms, Malware, and Virus Attacks, as Androids have an Astonishing 79% of all SmartPhone Malware attacks.

๐ŸŒ Android Phones are More Vulnerable to Virus Attacks, According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI surveys, the DHS and FBI Reports, uncovered by Public Intelligence, the majority of malware targeting mobile operating systems in 2012 was intended directly at Android. Why? Because Android’s OS is more Vulnerable and has significantly less Security Capability.

๐ŸŒ iPhones are Significantly Safer (over 100 times more safe than an other Smart Phone) to Spyware, Malware, Trojans, Worms, and Virus Attacks According to FBI and Homeland Security Reports ~ Androids are over 110 times more Vulnerable to Attacks ~ FBI Reports say 79% of Androids are being Infected with Spyware, Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Malware Attacks ~ iPhones less than 1% infection rate ~ Where would You rather be ~ Safe with an iPhone or Vulnerable with an Android.

๐ŸŒ Android’s lack of security is due to "Android Operating System Fragmentation" as more than 50% of Android users are using significantly Older OS Versions. Why…

๐ŸŒ Android users are fearful of having their smartphones or their Apps become inoperable, even though these users are Significantly more Vulernable to Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Spyware, and Malicious Malware. Newer versions of Android have become more secure, but the user-base is not updating to the new version.

๐ŸŒ Security Vulernable to Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Spyware, and Malware is Very Serious Business. These days we have more Confidential Identity information, Bank Accounts, Passwords, Emails, Test Messages, than in any other single device. Keeping our personal information safe and secure is extremely important, perhaps even more important than on our PC computers. Reports such as this among other safety concers are likely the reasons that Apple is spending millions of dollars and thousands of hardware-software engineering hours to protect its iPhone customers.

๐ŸŒ According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI and uncovered by Public Intelligence, the majority of malware targeting mobile operating systems in 2012 was intended for Android. Indeed, Android was targeted by an astonishing 79% of all smartphone malware. The following is an excerpt from the Unclassified report from a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

๐ŸŒ Android mobile operating system (OS) continues to be a primary target for malware attacks due to its market share and open source architecture.

๐ŸŒ Industry reporting indicates 44% of Android users are still using versions 2.3.3 through 2.3.7-known as Gingerbread, which were released in 2011, and have a significant number of security vulnerabilities that are not Fixed without later version updating. The growing use of mobile devices by federal, state, and local authorities makes it more important than ever to keep mobile Operating Systems patched and up-to-date. The following are some known security threats to mobile OS and mitigation steps.

๐ŸŒ Android was targeted by an astonishing 79% of all smartphone malware that year far more than any other OS. The agencies found that Apple’s iOS was targeted by only 70 per 1,000,000 units of malware attacks, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Symbian OS by range between 0.3% to 19% vulnerable.

๐ŸŒ In a memo citing the research circulated nationwide to law enforcement, security and emergency personnel, the DHS and FBI note that a significant number of Android users continue to run older versions of the OS that leave them open to a number of security vulnerabilities โ€” something companies with rival operating systems love to point out.

๐ŸŒ Recall that over 95% of Apple iOS users, about 550 million of them, have updated to the iOS6, and over 80% of iPhone users have already updated to iOS7 in the last 120 days, where iOS7 contains all the latest Anti-Virus Algorithms, protecting Security Vulernable to Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Spyware, and Malicious Malware. This is largely why Apple’s iOS has experienced less than 1% of such vulnerabilities.

๐ŸŒ Behind the Scenes, users are getting the joke that Android smartphones are simply not safe, perhaps the reason that Apple’s iPhone products are receiving Android Defections at the Rate of 26% overall.

๐ŸŒ 50% of Android users recently upgrading to the iPhone 5C in the last 90 days. Therefore when one decides who should get your Net Smart Phone purchase, Apple apparently is the place to be.


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