A team of specialists from the Israeli University Ben-Gurion in the Negev, in practice, found out that to hack any smartphone can be using compromised touch screen. It is enough to install it instead of the original. Accordingly, the risk group includes all device owners with a cracked screen and decided to repair a favorite gadget in the informal service center.
The researchers connected to the display chips for surveillance using malicious SOFTWARE. The method is similar to the installation of the Keylogger program or device that monitors all pushing and movement. Due to this, they were able to simulate touch to touch screen, save screenshots, application data and confidential information, and redirect mobile browsers to phishing sites. The method is tested on the Nexus 6P and tablet LG G Pad 7.0.
Although shown Israelis apparatus looks bulky, the experts assure us that it is possible to do in the format is compact and does not occupy much space of the chip. Thus, attackers will have access to passwords, photos, correspondence and so forth, and the user would not even guess what it is.
Since the malware persists after you upgrade the operating system and return to factory settings, and the antivirus is not able to detect it, procedure carries significant risk and may involve a significant amount of equipment. Since over 50% of users at least once changed the screen, the report calls for electronics manufacturers to consider the vulnerability of new developments. Rather, the desire to enhance security will provoke a widespread issue not suitable for repair of equipment, where replacement of any components is completely eliminated, as, for example, models from Apple.
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