MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Is this the end of the world as we know it? It looks like one billion Android phones are at risk of being hacked by a simple text message. Cybersecurity firm Zimperium alerted Google of numerous flaws discovered in its software, that could potentially allow hackers to take control of your phone without you even noticing it.
"It's very serious," said Tony Howlett, CTO of Network Security Services, Inc.,"because it can potentially be exploited without any action on the user part."
And why Android and not the other operating systems? Experts say Android processes all the data you receive before you even check your messages. So hackers can send a text or photo to a random number and the bug starts affecting that particular phone right away.
"Because Android is open source, and it's available on a lot different handsets, there's many different versions of it," explained Howlett. "Apple and Microsoft maintain a much tighter control of their pro-base and their apps."
Then, what to do? Google said they have the fix to this problem and they've started sending updates to their users. So, make sure you get one and download it quickly, alright? In the meantime, start deleting those pictures. A bug getting into your private areas… that's never a good thing.