Ryan Welton, Security Expert from NowSecure claims that hundreds of millions of Samsung devices are vulnerable to a pretty significant bug. The bug effect not only shows impact on old Samsung devices but also on new Devices like Samsung Galaxy S6. Ryan Whelton proved that the bug exploits even after the flaw has been patched which was claimed by the Samsung. Reportedly, the bug the problem persists across the Samsung’s most popular devices including Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 5. The issue which is discussing exists in the Swiftkey keyboard that comes preinstalled on the Samsung devices. Once booted up, the keyboard is said to look for a language pack update over unencrypted lines, which gives hackers the opportunity to spoof the proxy server and gain access to Samsung phones, from something as simple as contacts to banking information. Affected devices can even be tracked without the users’ knowledge.
Reportedly Samsung has been claiming that the company has released a patch to clear the bug, but it appears to be that it wasn’t fixed everything. And according to SwiftKey, apps available via Google Play aren’t affected by the vulnerability detailed by Welton. Ryan Welton stressing that the problem still persists if the Swiftkey comes pre-installed and don’t even use it as the default keyboard. It would take a pretty savvy hacker to exploit your device, which means the chance of your information getting swiped is pretty low. Even still, it’s always a good idea to be cautious when connecting to a network while out in public.