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NEWS - April 17, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 4/17/13 8:59 AM

ACLU Complaint Shows Android Insecurity Getting Political

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday calling on the Federal Government to take action to stem an epidemic of unpatched and insecure Android mobile devices - a public scourge that the ACLU blames on recalcitrant wireless carriers.
Android operating system adoption

Adoption of the latest versions of Android have lagged, according to data released by Google.

The civil liberties group's complaint for injunctive relief with the FTC, noting that "major wireless carriers have sold millions of Android smartphones to consumers" but that "the vast majority of these devices rarely receive software security updates."

Calling the unpatched phones "defective and unreasonably dangerous," the ACLU says that carriers leave their customers vulnerable to malware and spear phishing attacks that can be used to record or transmit information on the device to" third parties.

"A significant number of consumers are using smartphones running a version of the Android operating system with known, exploitable security vulnerabilities for which fixes have been published by Google, but have not been distributed to consumers' smartphones by the wireless carriers and their handset manufacturer partners," the ACLU said.

Continued : http://securityledger.com/aclu-complaint-shows-android-insecurity-getting-political/

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