A hacker has demonstrated how he can crack into someone’s smartphone in just a few seconds by exploiting common vulnerabilities. The hacker was able to access personal data, install malware, and control device functions after gaining entry.
The hacker revealed the security flaws to raise awareness about the lack of protection on many smartphones. With some basic tools and tricks, he says most phones can be easily hacked.
While concerning, the demonstrations highlight important points about smartphone safety that all users should know. Several security experts also weighed in with their reactions and tips for keeping devices more secure.
Hacking Demonstration Details
At a recent security conference, professional hacker Alan Walker conducted some alarming demonstrations of how quick and simple it can be to hack a smartphone device.
He used three different standard consumer phones – an iPhone, Android device, and Windows phone. With basic hacking tools set up through his laptop, he was able to crack all three and gain almost full access in just 1 to 15 seconds on average.
Once inside the devices…
Table showing details of hacking demonstrations
|Time to Access
|Contacts, photos, texts accessed
Able to activate camera and microphone without user knowing
|Samsung Galaxy S10
|Installed monitoring malware
Intercepted user emails and messaging apps
| Microsoft Lumia 550 | 15 seconds | Full system control obtained
Access to all data and features like WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.
Walker was able to obtain an alarming level of access on all three phones quickly through the same entry method – the device WiFi settings and connections.
By setting up…
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