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Government issues warning to Android smartphone users, personal data at risk: Here's why

The government agency Cert-In has issued a warning for Android users. According to Cert-In, personal data of Android users is at risk, and cyber criminals can steal it.

Written By: Om Gupta New Delhi Published on: May 14, 2024 22:24 IST
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If you have an Android smartphone, there is important news for you. The Central Government has issued a warning for Android smartphone users. Cert-In, an agency under the Electronics and IT Department of the Government of India, has released a new update for Indian Android users, indicating that Android smartphone users are at significant risk of privacy and security breaches. Cert-In has identified multiple vulnerabilities in Android smartphones that could lead to the leakage of users' personal data.

Cert-In has found various flaws in Android that could allow cybercriminals to easily access users' smartphones and compromise their personal information. These vulnerabilities exist in different components of the Android system, including Framework, System, Google Play System Updates, Kernel, Kernel LTS, MediaTek Components, Arm Components, and Qualcomm Components.

According to Cert-In, due to these vulnerabilities, cybercriminals can easily steal data and perpetrate fraudulent activities. Scammers and cybercriminals could gain access to login details, banking information, financial data, contacts, and browsing history. Additionally, Cert-In warns that the vulnerabilities in Android are so significant that criminals could potentially gain control of the entire system.

Cert-In has issued a warning for Android smartphones currently running on Android 12, Android 12L, Android 13, and Android 14. To mitigate the risk of cyber fraud, smartphone users are advised to update their devices immediately.

Meanwhile, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), operating under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has issued a warning about potential vulnerabilities in Apple iTunes and Google Chrome for desktop users. These vulnerabilities could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system. The affected software includes Apple iTunes versions prior to 12.13.2 for Windows. For Chrome for Desktop, the affected software includes versions prior to 124.0.6367.201/.202 (for Windows and Mac) and versions before 124.0.6367.201 (for Linux).

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