Important warning for 2 million Android owners – someone may be watching everything you type

DANGEROUS Android bugs could lead hackers to record everything you type, cyber experts warn.

Three apps are said to be affected, with a total of more than two million downloads.

Be careful when downloading apps that haven't been updated in a while - they may have unresolved security vulnerabilities


Be careful when downloading apps that haven’t been updated in a while – they may have unresolved security vulnerabilitiesCredit: Google

All three are keyboard and mouse apps that let you control a desktop or laptop computer with your Android phone.

To do this, the apps transmit your mouse and keyboard inputs to a server.

Synopsys cyber experts say the apps themselves are legitimate and not a scam – but reportedly contain dangerous security flaws that could allow hackers to spy on you.

“An exploit of the authentication and authorization vulnerabilities could allow remote, unauthenticated attackers to execute arbitrary commands,” said Synopsys’ Mohammed Alshehri, a security researcher who discovered the issue.

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“Similarly, an exploit of the Insecure Communications vulnerability exposes the user’s keystrokes, including sensitive information such as usernames and passwords.”

The actual apps and versions affected are as follows:

  • Telepad versions 1.0.7 and earlier
  • PC keyboard versions 30 and earlier
  • Lazy Mouse versions 2.0.1 and earlier

If you have any of these apps installed, it might be worth uninstalling them as soon as possible.

Here is a simple guide on how to delete Android apps.

The exploits could allow hackers to read everything you type.

But it could also result in them running code on your computer and potentially taking control of your device.

It is currently unclear whether hackers exploited the flaw.

The Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) team reportedly disclosed the bugs to app makers on August 13 this year and claimed to have investigated multiple times.

But ultimately the problem remains unsolved.

“CyRC has contacted the developers on a number of occasions but has not received a response within the 90 day period required by our Responsible Disclosure Policy.

“These three applications are widely used but are not maintained or supported, and obviously security was not a factor when these applications were developed.”

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Now, cyber experts have released details of the bug hoping to warn Android phone owners.

For now, consider using an alternative mouse and keyboard app: choose one with many downloads and positive reviews on the Google Play Store that is updated regularly.

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