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Over 900 million Android phones could be exploited by hackers

A research revealed that over 900 million phones have serious security flaws that could give hackers the opportunity to gain complete access on handsets.

According to researchers from Checkpoint, the bugs can be found on mobile devices running on Qualcomm chipsets. The flaws were specifically located in software that handles graphics and in code that controls communication between different processes inside a smartphone.

Exploiting the flaws would enable a hacker to take control of a device or gain access to its data.

Although these flaws are not yet exploited by hackers, Michael Shaulov, head of mobility product management at Checkpoint, said that these vulnerabilities could be discovered by hackers in the next three to four months.

Some of the notable affected devices are from BlackBerry, Google, HTC, LG, Sony, and Samsung.

Checkpoint has handed the report to Qualcomm earlier this year. In response, the US firm is believed to have created patches for the bugs. It has also distributed the patches to phone developers and operators.

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