Google has taken action to tackle a security vulnerability that left Android phone users at the mercy of attacks from hackers, amid reports that 99 per cent of handsets running the OS were at risk.
Discovered this week by German researchers, the flaw in Google’s OS enabled nefarious criminal sorts to grab contacts, calendars and other sensitive data from users. All handsets running Android 2.3.3 or below were found to be at risk.
Specifically, the vulnerability was located in the ClientLogin log-in authentication protocol and meant that unauthorised users on an open Wi-Fi network could capture the info and gain access to Android owners’ details.
To the Big G’s credit, however, it’s acted fasted to patch the problem and has today made a fix available to put the kybosh on hackers. This will be rolled out on Google’s servers, eliminating the need for a traditional over the air fix.
Google stated: "Today we're starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in Calendar and Contacts.
“This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days."
News of Google’s travails comes after a massive breach of security at the Android Market that saw malware-bearing apps downloaded by 50,000 users, forcing Google to wipe them remotely.