(The Hosting News) – A German security firm recently found a loophole in mobile operating system Android that could have exposed up to 99% of some users’ information as contained in Android’s calendar and contacts features.
While the problem doesn’t affect the latest Android release Gingerbread, most users have yet to convert to the release.
The problem had to do with the fact that authentication tokens were being sent from Android users’ devices unencrypted across WI-FI networks, possibly exposing such information to hackers.
Meanwhile, Google has responded swiftly by beginning to roll out a fix for the possible threat.
In a statement released by Google, the company said, “This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.” The fix is expected to be automatically applied to all Android devices by the weekend.
Experts have warned that security risks on Android could become more common due to the operating system’s functionality on so many mobile devices.