The South Korean firm LG recently encountered a serious security loophole in its latest release LG G3.The flaw allowed hackers to extract sensitive information and plant malicious software on users’ phones without their permission. This bug was present in Smartphone’s custom designed app, Smart Notice.
Smart Notice is an app that is preinstalled on the new LG G3 devices which provides a variety of suggestions and notifications such as birthday reminders and recommendations to save recent callers as contacts. Such fresh features may seem enticing, but because of the loophole in LG’s security, operating system was unable to verify data presented to users. Approximately around 10 million G3 holders were vulnerable to data theft and manipulation.
This proves how easy hackers can get hold of one’s personal information from the SD card, establish a connection to any remote site and even perform a DOS attack that could send the phone into total chaos.
As LG got word of this security lapse from other security firms, they immediately released an upgrade of Smart Notice, which included a patch to fix the bug. Users of the new LG G3 devices are advised to download the new patch as soon as possible to prevent any security infiltration which could potentially lead to a greater mess.