Google Inc (GOOGL)’s Android Devices Might be Hacked with High Success Rate


Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)‘s Android OS is currently the world’s most popular OS for mobile devices. Very recently, Researchers at University of California, Riverside has discovered a new hacking method, which works on majority of Android apps with very high success rate. They are planning to present their paper at USENIX Security Symposium later today. VP of  strategy for Shape securities, Shuman Ghosemajumdar talked on CNBC about the recent findings of UC, Riverside researchers and its implications on mobile devices.

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Ghosemajumdar thinks that the report was very interesting and he was very excited to know about the complete work done by the researchers. He pointed out that the vulnerability explained in the report was not just about the gmail, but in general to mobile devices.

“[…] The question is, “is there anything that is specific to gmail or is it just something that it is a commentary on the way that Android has been constructed?” That’s what i am curious to see.” Ghosemajumdar said.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has always stressed upon privacy and security for all their products. Ghosemajumdar thinks that Google’s process inherently makes sure that all the users data in the shares spaces were stored responsibly. He pointed out at an example of ‘hppts’ supporting ‘gmail’ right from the beginning.

Researchers mentioned that the user might have to download a malicious app, which in turn runs a malicious code on the device without the knowledge of the user. App downloading through the App store in Android devices gives the complete authority of discretion to user for downloading the app, unlike the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS which is more restricted.

Ghosemajumdar added that the basic problem with Android was never in the fundamental architecture. He feels that it was mainly due the number of version currently supported by Android, with lot of older version not having the security patches available in more recent versions. He considers that addressing this inconsistency might answer a lot of issues, rather than targeting the fundamental architecture.

Among the shareholders of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is the Duquesne Capital, managed by Stanley Druckenmiller, which owns around 260 thousand shares of the company.

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