The new study conducted by researchers will reveal that a chink in the armor of the Android mobile operating system is vulnerable to hackers. The unsuspecting Google Gmail account owners’ personal information is prone to the hackers’ stealing ways.
The researchers who conducted the study tested hacking an Android phone and said that other devices using other operating systems are open to the attacks.
Here’s how the malicious app attack potential victims:
The malicious app allows the attacker to follow the activity of his victim on his phone. When the user access the target app, say a banking app, the hackers insert a similar but bogus login screen. The malicious will then rob the information the user may fill in the target app.
The researchers from University of Michigan and the University of California, Riverside, unveiled their findings in the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium which is currently being staged in San Diego, California.
They evaluated seven popular apps and effectively hacked six of the apps with a superb success rate of 82 to 92%. According to the researchers the Android Gmail app was one the most vulnerable apps that was attacked.
The test also hacked various Android apps such as Newegg, WebMD, H&R Block, Chase Bank, and Hotels.com. The researchers also gained access vulnerable information like pictures of checks containing banking information, login information, Social Security and credit card numbers.
The Amazon’s app was the toughest app to attack utilizing the new hack, as success rate only hit 48%. The Amazon app is dynamic and functions flawlessly, as hackers will have a difficult time tracking and guessing what the user is going to do.