There is a new vulnerability, called Broadpwn is detected in a Wi-Fi chip found in more than a billion phones, which could allow a hacker within Wi-Fi range to take over a smartphone, as per a research presented at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
If your smartphone is not updated with the latest operating system or security fix, this is the high time when you should do that.
Once the smartphone gets hacked by the hacker, he can have an access point to attack other phones in the area, acting as a Wi-Fi worm. The most important thing is, all this will happen unknowingly, no data crash, nothing! You could not even detect that your phone has been hacked.
As per researcher Nitay Artenstein, the Smartphone hacking is heavily focused on operating systems. Nitay spent a year reverse engineering the Wi-Fi chips and pouring through code, said in his research that this shows how important it is to test peripheral components.
In a blog post Nitay explained, “Old school hackers often miss the ‘good old days’ of the early 2000s, when remotely exploitable bugs were abundant, no mitigations were in place to stop them, and worms and malware ran rampant. But with new research opening previously unknown attack surface such as the BCM WiFi chip, those times may just be making a comeback.”
There is a sigh of relief. The vulnerabilities have been patched. If you are having an iPhone, which is not updated with your operating system iOS 10.3.3 or you are having an Android, which is not updated the July security update, you should do it right now.