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Android users, beware: Huge security hole lets phones secretly spy on you and capture photos

23
May
2014

We have seen some scary Android malware in the past, but a new report from former Googler and current software engineer turned accidental security researcher Szymon Sidor reveals that some simple code can force an Android phone to secretly capture photographs. The resulting images can then be uploaded to a remote server without the device’s owner ever knowing. Writing on his blog Snacks for your mind, Sidor reveals that he has inadvertently uncovered a huge security loophole in Android. “There are many apps on Play Store (if you are iPhone user think App Store) that aim at taking pictures without any visual indication (ACLU-NJ Police Tape, Mobile Hidden Camera and more) but from what I found all of them require app activity to be visible and

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