Android has been penetrated yet again! This time by a rogue app on Google's Play Store that lets hackers gain access to your phone or tablet.
The app, named 'EASY screen recorder NO ROOT', is a paid app on Google Store costing £3.02. So far, it has been purchased by at least 10,000 and at most 50,000 Android users who have rated it 3.8 on average. Using the app, you can record your activities, either at home or outside, on your Android device to make mini-movies or selfie videos.
Security firm Check Point have recently identified this app as a source of major trouble, claiming that hackers can gain “illegitimate privileged access rights” to individual Android devices through the app. This vulnerability is present in all devices running both Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 4.4 KitKat operating systems.
“Hackers were able to bypass the Android permission model to access system level resources and capture details from the affected device,” said Check Point. The hackers have such control over vulnerable devices that they can not only view individual videos through this app but can also share them on public forums. In most cases, hackers used TeamViewer’s plug-in to access vulnerable devices to record their screens.
The company that designed this app is called Invisibility Ltd. So the next time you download any app on Android that lets you save personal information, pictures or videos, do check details of the maker as well as look the app up to ensure your privacy isn't breached.