Friday, July 27, 2012

GPS Exploit May Allow Hackers to Gain Control of Your Phone

The popular A-GPS standard may no longer be your choice from now on, University of Luxemborg's Ralf-Phillip Weinnman reported at Black Hat that the often choice for location services, A-GPS, happens over a non-secure link meaning a hacker could easily slip in and track you and even take control of your device. 

Weinnmann had demonstrated this on a multitude of Android devices, he explained that whenever a message is sent through A-GPS, and here's where the hacker can get in, the messages are processed through the phone's CPU not the GPS chip. Meaning that a little malicious code could get in and potentially crash your phone. Or use it to gain full control of your device. 

Of course this can be prevented, for now there's nothing you could do on your part, instead its in the hands of manufacturers. But why can't we all get along? Then we wouldn't have to go through all this trouble.

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