Android Phones Release Confidential Contents When Frozen
Android is the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, but it’s also the least secure: Most security firms agree that Google’s little green robot is the most popular place for new malware.
While Android is exceedingly susceptible because its code is famously open source, a team of German researchers have discovered a new vulnerability in the operating system, which essentially bypasses Google’s data scrambling encryption system introduced in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to reveal the phone’s hidden data.
Engineers at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, released a report on Thursday that explains how freezing an Android phone can help law enforcement or forensic workers expose a scrambled Android phone’s contact lists, photos, browsing histories and more.
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This issue is quite of a science nature but I would like to hear erudite opinion, so can I ask Jim, Mike, Yegor or Roloc, or anyone else, to comment upon?
Thanks in advance.
Of course, Webroot users can wipe their Android device remotely if necessary if the device is stolen.