ALERT! – Stagefright Attacks Android Phones – ALERT!

Published On July 29, 2015 | By Tom Huskerson | Fraud, Scams, Hoaxes & Hacks

backup-androidYou won’t even know if you have Stagefright! Getting Stagefright is as simple as having the hacker send you a text message. And that’s it! You don’t even have to open the message. Once it arrives in your phone the damage is done.

Android phones 2.2 or later versions are vulnerable to this attack. Currently it is believed that more than a billion Android phones are in use.

How can this be real? Well Android ph0nes come equipped with the Hangouts app. This app automatically processes videos and pictures from multimedia or MMS messages preparing them for the phone’s Gallery app.

The result is that a hacker may have control of your phone from the moment he sends you the message and there is almost nothing you can do. Once infected the hacker has total access to all of your data. He is free to copy or delete messages and pictures or operate the microphone, camera and Bluetooth or all of the above.

There are a few step you can take to keep from getting Stagefright but not much. You can remove the Hangouts app from the phone and go to another messaging app. offers the top five message app replacements.

But things can get confusing because the Messenger app is a the default Google app on Nexus devices. Most Android phones use another app that is developed by the phone’s manufacturer. Still, it’s kown if the hacker can get in through Samsung Galaxy’s own Messages app. But if want to replace your Samsung message app just it to be on the safe side look here.

But for the hacker to target a specific phone he has to know that phone number. But whats to stop him for sending out millions of infected messages?

Currently hackers aren’t fully aware of the vulnerability but the news is spreading quickly. Currently HTC is preparing a patch for their phones. It is unknown if Samsung is doing the same.

You can find some protection by reading 15 Best Anti-virus Android app and Anti-malware Android Apps.


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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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