Android exploit named ‘Cloak and Dagger’ allows hackers to hide malicious activity

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  • Kitty Burgers

    So … basically, we should all be ditching our phones?

    • It’s Me

      Windows was full of vulnerabilities in the 90s. We didn’t all stop using it.

    • John Lofwire

      First time i agree with you.

      Also on android you can use security software.
      Bitdefender get updated to cover vulnerability a few days after they announced its already protect against this one.

  • Omis

    It’ll be fixed when you buy a new phone next year.

    • John Lofwire

      or download bitdefender security software its free and always get patched to cover for new vulnerability very shortly after they announced.

      Nice try 😉

    • Omis

      Nice deflect but that ain’t fixing the problem. The vulnerability still exists.

    • John Lofwire

      Ah but that’s your point of view. All road go to Rome. The goal is to be safe. On android you can protect yourself you know if you mess up there is dangers. With iOS you think you are safe but similar vulnerability exist and you never know until they are patched. So nice false sense of security and worst even you can’t use anything no security app to protect yourself all you have is faith in Apple. Think about this. Don’t forget Apple developers rules are clear if you find any vulnerability you cannot tell anyone beside Apple or you be ban from developing if you say something. Go on Google and search if you don’t believe me. Good night 😉

    • Omis

      But they will get patched is the point. I’m actually quite impressed with how much they do update their phone. I’ve gotten more updates in one year of using iOS than I did in 6 years of android phones. And I’m not an Apple fanboy. Both phones have their ups and downs but in this area Apple is hands down better.

    • so Android gets updated monthly and if there is a major exploit it will get pushed immediately​. Does Apple do monthly security updates to their OS as well? Never used iOS to be honest so I have no clue how they patch their OS and how often. As an Android Admin I know at the min we get 12 patches a year + any zero days that are important enough to warrant the same day patching of devices.

    • John Lofwire

      I got all those patch up to may on my lg G5 but I still recommend using bit defenders as its make your phone impossible to get any virus Trojan or affected by any known vulnerability

    • I trust your opinion as much as I trust the company selling it. You have no idea what you are protected from with that app you only have what they tell you and that is worth about 5 cents. Just because they say you are protected means nothing. Security is proven not stated! if bit defender had proof they are the best antivirus based on outside conducted research based on past data I might believe it. Again the Titanic said it was also unsinkable because they honestly believed it was till they were proven wrong. Please don’t push stuff with only company speak to back it up because it’s useless!! Where is the outside research?? if they are as good as you claim they will have data to prove it!

    • John Lofwire

      Why act like this? Do you know me?

      I have android device since they exist and I am tech support for business to business at a carrier.

      I probably tested hundreds of devices over the years as well as all different security software I also tried to infect myself with various treats and also tried to exploit known vulnerability nothing worked at all with bitdefenders.

    • Why act like what? So I should just trust everything you are saying at face value? No way any one has ever lied to make a sale or point. I’ll be okay thanks . if Bitdefender has outside research done by security professionals I’d like to see it. Look at NOD32 they have proof of their ‘claims’ I trust them because they have the data to back up their claims not some guy on Discus ranting that they love a product because it has never let them down. Who says all your tests were done right? do you have a degree in security research. maybe you screwed up all the tests this is why you get independent outside security researchers to do this. I do IT for a living I will never make a claim like you did. I will tell people my opinion and let them make their own decisions!

    • John Lofwire

      You should shut the **** up seriously its take literally 5 second to find the indépendant test result for bit defender proving my point you Are seriously an ***

      What a moro*!

    • wow how fast they turn… discussion to I’m an a** because I don’t like your opinion.. welcome to the internet! have a good day if this is how you have a conversation then I don’t want to be a part of it..

    • John Lofwire

      Yes now that’s you have proof on the table easily you run away typical.

      Av-test dot com indépendant specialist as of last test still 100% detection rate for all known threats

    • No I refuse to talk to people that have to swear and yell because people have a different opinion then them. Anything you say now “who cares” because you acted like a cave man, so conversation is done. Want to have a civilized conversation with people then learn that you don’t need to swear and call people names to have one! good day sir!

    • John Lofwire

      Yes run away now that’s I proven my point I am fine with that’s

    • you have proven nothing but thanks for coming out!

    • John Lofwire

      Closing your eyes to reality lol you really are a coward.

    • John Lofwire

      Av test institute and av comparatives two know third party that’s test various antivirus and anti malware tested it with a 100% detection rate no others security software on android had 100%..

    • I think you are missing the point you can say what ever you want I don’t trust you or anyone else on here’s opinion is the point. you can tell me all you want it changes nothing because you have zero credentials that you can prove! you use your Bitdefender go ahead..

    • John Lofwire

      I don’t give a rat *** what you think as well but indépendant specialist agreed with me a simple research on google on the subject bit defenders detection rate will bring you to those proof. Crappy comment system won’t allow to put link as its need moderator approval and they don’t approve it ever.

    • I call BS when I smell it is all, post the link MS will approve it they always do!

    • John Lofwire

      Av-test dot com

      And nope they never do tried like 6 times

    • John Lofwire

      One last detail I said against known vulnerability and treat. Of course there is probably tons of unknown treats but at least on android we learn about those faster than iOS that’s you only know about it when its patched.

    • Omis

      On which phone? Every android phone I ever had would be lucky to get one update a year, let alone every month.

    • We use the Google Pixel and some BlackBerry Android devices. they get updates every month.

    • John Lofwire

      I am currently using an iPhone 7 128 go jet black.

      The Bluetooth is crap it’s disconnect from my work Bluetooth headset where any other android phone never and worst its won’t reconnect until I reboot the device.

      One iOS update out of two break something on one or many iOS devices model.

      On a lg g5 i own for personal use since October last year I received 3 update one been android nougat. First of all my phone got faster with those update and battery life greatly improved on iPhone every major update make your phone slower and lower battery life. So nice try.

    • Omis

      Wait and see if you lg gets another. Androids get abandoned fairly quickly. I have an iPhone 6 and have no issues with it. Went iOS 8 to 10. So once again, nice deflect.

  • Do Do

    When I read stuff like this I wish the Iphone gave people a little more freedom and Android me a little less.

    • It’s Me

      I understand your point, but in this case it’s not the “freedom” of Android that is at fault. This is a vulnerability with the design of the APIs themselves. You could have Play as locked down as the App Store and that wouldn’t fix the problem. It’s a hole in the OS, which any app could utilize legitimately or not. If this was restricted to apps from outside of Play, then you could blame the freedom of Android, but in this case it’s Android itself not the freedom of the platform. iOS users would be just as at risk with App Store apps if iOS had a similar vulnerability.

    • John Lofwire

      Bitdefender detect and block this vulnerability.

      At least on android i have the option to use security software where on iOS you can be affected by a vulnerability for years and you only find out thats vulnerability existed when its patched.

      Stagefright on android is an example the same type of vulnerability existed for years on iOS and was only patched in ios 9 or 10 ( cant remember )

      No it’s me i wont waste my time replying to you i was talking to Do Do not you.

  • Now that they do monthly update, this won’t take long to fix. This is free publicity for Google so they should likely be working on the patch and a spin by now.

  • John Lofwire

    Bitdefender cover for this vulnerability..

    They updated to cover this nearly 1 month ago.

  • wow how may bitdefender employees are on this thread LOL you should use Bitdefender, it is updated right away and works great. Okay I understand one post but 4 different people saying the same thing about an antivirus for a phone!!! haha Bitdefender it’s time to fire your PR people that thought up this idea!

    • John Lofwire

      Independent it specialist given it a 100% detection rate so nice try. Run away you good at that’s.

    • for the desktop….

    • John Lofwire

      Stop acting dumb lol go to android section bit defender is available for both OS.

    • I’m talking about the site you keep toating as proof only has data on the desktop version of Bitdefender.. But again thanks for coming out! You have been blocked now so o won’t see your comments going forward enjoy MobileSyrup!

    • John Lofwire

      Nope there is also an android section with bit defender security suite if you are too dumb to see it its not my fault