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Android phones are a big security risk, says security analyst firm

Putting user data in harm's way
Mon Feb 27 2012, 09:44

MOBILE PHONES running the Android mobile operating system are putting their users' data at risk and compromising security, says a security analyst outfit.

The warning comes from UK security firm MWR Infosecurity and is timed to coincide with the start of Mobile World Congress, an event where man plus dog will be showing off smartphones based on the Google operating system.

"Android mobiles are being compromised daily exposing users to a real security risk," said Ian Shaw, MD at MWR InfoSecurity, as he chided manufacturers for not doing enough to protect their users from a wide range of attacks.

"The increasing lack of security controls on the phones are exposing users to fraud and other criminal activity," he said.

"Manufacturers must spend more time looking to see how they can safeguard users. Many seem to forget that they have a duty of care. The problem is that many users just don't realise how vulnerable they actually are. Criminals can steal personal details like bank passwords and other personal information."

MWR Infosecurity keeps itself fairly busy in its hunt for Android security issues, and so far has found ten on Samsung's smartphones and tablets. It said it had warned the firm about these and had been assured that it was working on them. µ


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