Hackers can steal sensitive information from THESE smartphones, government warns


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India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued a new advisory for Android smartphone and tablet users. The warning from the government’s cybersecurity team is for the people who use smartphones and tablets with Android 10, Android 11, Android 12, Android 12L and Android 13. According to CERT-In, multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in these Google Android versions . These vulnerabilities can be exploited by a remote attacker to gain elevated privileges and access sensitive information of the attacked system.

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What CERT-In has to say about the vulnerability

According to CERT-In, the vulnerability exists in the Google Android operating system due to bugs in Android runtime, Framework, System, Google Play system updates, Kernel, Kernel components, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek components, Unisoc components, Qualcomm components and Qualcomm closed-source components.

Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges and disclose sensitive information about the targeted system.

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What you can do to stay safe

To avoid scams, you need to install the latest Android security patch launched by Google this week. The links to download and install the patch can be found on the CERT-In website.