Samsung announces fix for massive SwiftKey security flaw
U.S. security firm NowSecure published a report this week revealing that a bug in the Swift keyboard software – which is pre-installed on more than 600 million Samsung devices – could allow attackers to secretly install malicious apps on a user’s phone without their knowledge. If a hacker successfully exploited the flaw, it would allow them to access the device’s camera and microphone, eavesdrop on phone calls and access private data, including photos and text messages.
“Samsung takes all security threats very seriously. There have been reports that there is vulnerability when keyboard updates are carried out on Galaxy devices. We are aware of this issue and are committed to providing the latest in security on all of our devices,” read a statement issued Thursday.