Published: Tue, November 05, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

New Android bug allowed hackers to plant malware through NFC beaming

New Android bug allowed hackers to plant malware through NFC beaming

This expanded capability is now available for the Google News app on Android and iOS, across 141 countries and 41 language options.

The name of the keyboard app is 'ai.type.' This is a customizable keyboard alternative that had millions of downloads on the play store until June 2019.

If you are, or someone you know is, using Ai.type on their smartphone, it would be best to delete the app as soon as possible from your phone. Any Android user has experienced apps from the Play Store, and most of us couldn't imagine our lives without them.

Ai.type, that is stealing from the user! Back in September 2017, AdGuard observed the popular GO Keyboard secretly collecting the data of its more than 200 million users and then sending this information to third-party trackers and ad networks.

When receiving files through NFC beaming, the user's device is meant to show a notification which asks the user to confirm whether they want to receive the files.

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If these transactions had not been detected and blocked, the app could have potentially costed victims a collective $18 million in unwanted charges, the researchers said. Many of these transactions were blocked by Secure-D, the company's anti-fraud solution. Over 1,10,000 devices had faced these secret transactions before the app malicious actions were revealed. The reward system allows you to earn one point for every dollar you spend on all purchases for movies, books, games, and in-app purchases.

NFC beaming is a feature in Android which allows users to send data to nearby devices through NFC technology - similar to Bluetooth, but over a much shorter distance (4cm).

Even so, Google Play has some apps that you should avoid installing if you care about your device.

We shouldn't condemn Google for one malicious app since the giant tech company from Mountain View has provided its customers countless useful apps over the years.

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