In light of the recent data protection scandal involving the company’s preloaded SwiftKey app Samsung acknowledges data protection risks may affect many of its Smartphones.
Last week Ryan Welton the mobile security researcher for NowSecure has uncovered a flaw that shows millions of Samsung Smartphones have a build in app that is a potential security risk.
The problem is severe , with the SwiftKey app’s update being easily corruptible. Once corrupted hackers could install adware apps on your mobile phone, access pictures and other sensitive private data or change app settings and how they work.
But the two main worrying possibilities are quite critical.
The Corrupted app could allow hackers to eavesdrop on private conversations, and even turn on the phone’s microphone and listen to whatever it records.
Samsung released a statement on Friday covering these issues, and the grave security risks the app poses.
Samsung acknowledges data protection risks regarding the app and has announced it will release updates to fix the issue.
Affected phones include the Galaxy S6, S5, S4, and S4 Mini accord to NowSecure.
Another important fact is that only the preloaded virtual keyboard app experiences the security flaw.
Unfortunately the SwiftKey app cannot be uninstalled and until further security updates, users remain at risk.
Samsung encouraged all users to keep up to date with the security apps and has promised to work on a firmware update for the phones which do not have the KNOX platform installed.
On the blog SamsungTommorow the company stated that “Samsung KNOX has the capability to update the security policies of our devices, over-the-air, to invalidate potential vulnerabilities caused by this issue,”
The SwiftKey application can be found in the Google Play Store but the version available there does not present any security risks due to unintentional flaws.
Samsung stated that they take such security problems very seriously and that they are aware of the issues the media reported on.
The company also said that it will roll-out security policy updates and that they are working with the SwiftKey program developers to address the problem.
SwiftKey representatives have told Forbes that they are also aware of the problem being reported and that they are investigating further.
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