Samsung blamed for security flaw affecting 600 million smartphones

Millions of Samsung smartphones including models S6, S5, S4 and S4 mini could be attacked by. Hackers who will be able to eavesdrop on calls, steal user data and install malware which could damage the device. The flaw which was discovered by mobile security firm NowSecure is in the Swiftkey keyboard software which has been pre-installed on 6 million Samsung smartphones.

SwiftKey have been blamed for the vulnerability, but experts claim that it is in fact Samsung who are at fault for the way it installed the SwiftKey software on its devices. Swiftkey downloads from Apple’s App Store and Google play are safe to download according to NowSecure.

A Samsung spokesman made a statement saying a fix for the flaw will be released in the coming days and will be available from Samsung Knox where it can be downloaded as a security policy update. He added “Samsung takes emerging security threats very seriously” and “In addition to the security policy update we are also working with SwiftKey to address potential risks going forward”.

Samsung have been criticised for their slow response and handling of the situation. The company said it had “began providing a patch to mobile network operators in early 2015” but it didn’t know if carriers had rolled out the patch, doubt is being thrown on this with the company’s announcement of a fix being released.

The South Korean Smartphone maker recently released its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. These models are vulnerable to attacks both by hackers in the vicinity of the Smartphone through unsecured wi-fi connections and by long distance hackers.

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