Hackers may be using Android camera to spy on you


If you own an Android smartphone, hackers may be able to use a security flaw to spy on you.

A firm called Checkmarx discovered a bug that could allow a hacker to take control of your phone’s camera. Meaning someone could remotely take photos and even record videos without your permission.

Samsung and Google phones appear to be most at risk from the security flaw. Hundreds of millions of smartphone users could be affected.

Checkmarx alerted Google and Samsung to the flaw over the summer. Both companies have confirmed the bug and released security patches.

The way to protect yourself, both companies say, it to make sure you update your phones with the latest software.

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