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Old 07-30-2015, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Android users beware!

A new virus that you can get via text message can infect you if they only know your phone number. Perhaps kong could weigh in on this and share his thoughts?

Avast is here to help though! They sent out a message on how to hopefully avoid it.

https://www.avast.com/en-us/faq.php?...KB230#artTitle

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Old 07-30-2015, 09:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Android users beware!

950 MILLION phones supposedly affected. Whoops.
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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950 MILLION phones supposedly affected. Whoops.
Yeah all have the vulnerability unfortunately hopefully a fix for it soon!
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the link. I hadn't actually seen a workaround since the announcement.
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Thanks for the link. I hadn't actually seen a workaround since the announcement.
Yeah I haven't either my avast mobile security alerted me it. Luckily I don't connect my number to anything and the only apps I have is stuff like wwe supercard and bleacher report.
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Android users beware!

This is pretty bad. 1 billion phones can be completely remotely controlled without owner's permission.

Solution: Disable Auto Retrieve Messages. Instructions in Tails' link - https://www.avast.com/en-us/faq.php?...KB230#artTitle
It can load via any MPEG4 videos which pretty much means do not use your phone to go to any website that can be edited by users. By edited I mean like the RU forums where anyone could upload a video or Wikipedia where anyone could edit a page. Or to any untrusted site. Pretty much stop using the internet on Android until there is a better fix.


The problem: https://blog.avast.com/2015/07/29/bi...o-stagefright/ Random hacker sends a video in a text message to your phone number. They then have control of your phone and delete the text. They have access to your contacts and send the same text to everyone in your contacts. They have all of your data delete it and offer to sell a back up to you. They have your photos and video and start black mailing you. And can secretly turn on your camera and microphone and spy on you.

HTC has been working with Google since at least 1st of July so that means this hack is at least a month old so bunch of phones are already infected.


I bought a Microsoft phone this morning. Now I don't feel so stupid.
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Re: Android users beware!

So basically disabling what I did saves me from danger? Outside say reddit (only for amiibo), ru, cytube, and nintendonerds I don't use the internet. Does youtube count as a possible issue? When do you think it will be patched? Also how do you know if you're infected?
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Re: Android users beware!

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So basically disabling what I did saves me from danger?
Should save you from the automation part of it.

You should be good for now.
Someone discovered it on April 9 and immediately told Google.
On July 28 they publicly described the problem but did not tell public how to do it.
Independently in April or July someone else discovered it and added it to his library of exploits that he sales to very rich buyers which are probably mostly governments.

So most likely nothing much to worry about right now except international government corruption.

However the full explanation of how to do it will be released August 5th which means if google hasn't given you a patch by then, then you should be much more concerned.

The following have been patched. You should be safe if you are using the newest version.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/CyanogenMod
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/PrivatOS
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Does youtube count as a possible issue?
Probably.

The only way for someone to add something to an RU post would be a link that would take you offsite or a youtube video. Both of which would not be automatic. You would have to click to open them. The concern is just with MPEG4. So as long as you avoid all paths to videos you would be safe.
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Android users beware!

Thanks for your posts. When I originally edited my phone I did so for my brothers as well (he's more of a risk for it as he's not the world's greatest speller) which seems to have helped. I never open foreign texts though, same with emails. I will however avoid youtube until this is fixed as I'd rather not get a virus.

I remember seeing this on the news like a week ago so I'm very glad avast alerted me to this so this discussion could take place!

---------- Post added at 11:48 AM ---------- Previous post was at 06:52 AM ----------

I got a scareware today (pop up) while looking at tna news about it and prompting me to delete it. Obviously I immediately closed bleacher report and will be using my old phone for it until fixed.

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