I don't know if you noticed or not, but most of us are much more loyal to Android than to iOS. If a bug is found on Android, no one will sigh and groan, worrying about their safety or the usability of the affected device. But if a similar flaw is revealed on iOS, the owners of iPhone will spam all forums and sites where Apple is present, demanding that it fix the failure as soon as possible. Why is this happening, ask? Yes, because Google wanted to spit on its users from the high bell tower and taught us to do it.
Google is in no rush to fix bugs in Android, even if they are not the oldest versions
ERNW experts discovered a dangerous bug in Android that allows attackers to remotely gain control over smartphones using Bluetooth. Using a wireless protocol, they can load a malicious component into memory, which will gain the necessary privileges and, in fact, take over the device. Thus, hackers will be able to collect the necessary list of data, as well as force access to protected memory segments and functions such as SMS messages, phone calls, camera, microphone, etc.
How to hack Android via Bluetooth
Bluetooth can cause your Android smartphone to be hacked
Despite the fact that the hacking procedure is rather complicated, since it requires the use of the MAC address of the hacked device, the probability of hacking is quite high when the corresponding information is found. However, ERNW researchers do not disclose the peculiarities of bypassing the security mechanisms of smartphones under control Android, so as not to provoke hackers to commit such manipulations. Because to protect all devices based on the proprietary operating system Google did not bother.
Google developers are known to have fixed a bug in the February update for Android 10, however all other operating system versions, including Android 8 and 9, are still eligible for security patches are still vulnerable. The problem is that it was not the manufacturers of smartphones, who often allow themselves to ignore the interests of their users, who refused to make changes to the code of older versions of the OS, but Google itself, which, obviously, felt that it should be taken care of exclusively about the owners of the newest devices.
Updates for Android 8 and 9
Despite the fact that Google denied users Android 8 and 9 to ensure their safety, they still have a chance to protect themselves. To do this, all you need to do is turn off Bluetooth at times when you are not using it. This precaution will be quite enough, because hackers are unlikely to be engaged in hacking random devices in this way, and in order to gain access to the device of a specific user, they will need to be in the immediate vicinity of it for some time, which is rather difficult to implement in practice.
However, if you are still afraid of hacking and malicious attacks, I hasten to reassure you. For more than a decade of active use of smartphones and the Internet, I have never become a victim of hackers or virus software. This is because in order to be attacked by cybercriminals, you need to perform a very specific range of actions: you must either voluntarily download a malicious file to your device, or let someone do it yourself. After all, real viruses under Android do not exist in nature, and believe me, no one will be able to hack your smartphone on purpose, using system gaps and vulnerabilities and bypassing passwords.