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Software released for attacking Android phones

  By TechUniverse
Two security experts said on Friday they released a tool for attacking smartphones that use Google Inc's Android operating system to persuade manufacturers to fix a bug that lets hackers read a victim's email and text messages. "It wasn't difficult to build," said Nicholas Percoco, head of Spider Labs, who along with a colleague, released the tool at the Defcon hacker's conference in Las Vegas on Friday. Percoco said it took about two weeks to build the malicious software that could allow criminals to steal precious information from Android smartphones. "There are people who are much more motivated to do these things than we are," he added. The tool is a so-called root kit that, once installed, allows its developer to gain total control of Android devices, which are being activated by consumers at a rate of about 160,000 units per day, according to Google. Read More

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