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Have you noticed anything strange lately with your smartphone? Or, to be more precise, has your smartphone camera been taking random images and uploading them without your consent? If that's so then brace yourself for you have just been attacked by the newest bug in the block.
According to reports, a brand new Android bug has been detected that allows harmful apps to take control of smartphone cameras and upload the images to an unknown server without the user's consent. Apparently, the new loophole was first brought to light by former Google employee, Szymon Sidor.
As revealed via Sidor himself, who currently works as a security researcher, on his Snacks For Your Mind blog that he has taken note of a number of apps on Google Play that are easily capable of taking photos secretly.
As of now, Google requires a preview on-screen for apps to click images. However, Google does not have a minimum requirement for the preview. "Since your phone has millions of pixels, you will never spot the one that is showing the preview as it can be as small as 1 pixel," ThinkDigit states.
"Google can close this by mandating that on-screen previews cover a certain percentage of the screen." Apparently, the app in question was also able to capture other several details from the device, such as battery level, apart from even the user's current location.
While we are waiting for Google to take note of this new problem and apply fixes accordingly, Sidor has already recreated the loophole in a video to show what kind of an impact there could be with the new bug around.
Sidor goes on to end his video with a simple yet powerful plea: "Please put more effort into ensuring users' privacy."