Over 178m Android-powered smartphones in the Middle East and Africa are potentially vulnerable to attack, according to new research published by Palo Alto Networks.
In a report designed to raise awareness over the risks associated with using the Android operating system, Palo Alto worked out the number of Android devices being used in the MEA region, along with what percentage of those would be at risk, to come to the conclusion.
The reason these phones are at risk is due to the ease with which attackers can penetrate Android apps, Palo Alto said. Android Internal Storage is a protected area that Android-based applications use to store private information, including usernames and passwords.
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