Android fortification begins after security scare

Android fortification begins after security scare

By Rob Crossley

May 19th 2011 at 11:59AM

Automatic fix to be issued soon; â??No action from users neededâ??, firm says

Google is issuing an automatic fix for the extraordinary security flaw discovered on its Android mobile operating system.
 
A research team at Ulm University in Germany recently found that Google’s mobile operating system, in some instances, could be accessed from unauthorised users.

The research team suggested that the security flaw affects 99.7 per cent of Android smartphone users. The group also found that many Android-powered smartphones and tablets were transmitting unencrypted data.

Google’s blunder has further stimulated a growing debate on the security of consumer technology firms.

More than 100 million Sony customer accounts have been compromised in the last four weeks.

Unlike Sony’s painstaking and time-consuming sever repair operation, Google said its solution will be swift.

“Today we’re starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in calendar and contacts,” a Google statement read.

"This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.”