(WIVB) - hackers can exploit any weakness they can find. Depends on you to make sure it is not easy to do. If you have an Android, you should know, more than 950 million of them are vulnerable to what is called the virus', Product.
Truth is, in reality it is not a virus, but the vulnerability could allow a hacker to access all the data on your phone, and the option to copy or delete.
In this case, it does not matter if you are careful not to download applications any suspicion. The virus could reach through an application that are already part of your operating system Android, the responsible for text messages. By default, it processes the incoming messages of the media without asking you first.
"This is to exploit a automatic activation in the phone, and when the phone receives a particular message or of a particular course of action occurs is done automatically, so that when you exploit something that happens automatically, you are aware of this, and therefore a large proportion of the people don't even know that have been exploited by this virus or malicious attack," said Lucas Vanwingerden with USC department of informatics of the North.
However, any operating system from 4.0 and higher allows you to make the correction. In the text messages, open the configuration (by pressing the 3 points on the bottom) and disable Auto-Retrieve . You can also see if you're vulnerable', as a product of the Stagefright Detector App.
users that have 2.0 to 4.0 don't have to wait for the update of the operating system. Since there are so many different phones and carriers, along the time, rather than all at once as with Apple's iPhone.