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Goodbye, Android

• BY LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERAI

I dismissed his sarcasm, even though, as someone who writes about information security, I knew that deep down he was right. Just a few days later, his joke now seems almost premonitory.

As you might have heard, a security researcher revealed on Monday that a series of bugs deep inside Android's source code allow hackers to hack and spy on users with a simple multimedia message.

If you're worried your Android device might be vulnerable to these bugs, collectively known as Stagefright, well, I've got bad news for you. It probably is. In fact, as many as 950 million phones likely are.

"All devices should be assumed to be vulnerable," said Joshua Drake, the researcher who found the bugs.


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