Vault 7: Google says, Android is safe. That is, almost….OK

Google and Apple apparently assume that the security vulnerabilities published under the name “Vault 7” have already been largely closed.

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However, only a part of the Android users profit from regular updates of the operating system, older systems are still unprotected.

The unveiling platform Wikileaks published a few days ago more than 8,000 documents, which are allocated to the US-American secret service CIA.

From the “Vault 7” baptized documents shows that the Sleeping hats probably almost everything attack and chop, which somehow can be hacked: Smartphones, iPhones, Smart TVs and IoT devices, nothing is really safe from the access.

Now, Google as a manufacturer of operating systems Android and ChromeOS has issued a statement, which is supposed to calm the users.

Compared to the online portal Recode, Heather Adkins, Google’s Director of Information Security and Privacy stated that “many” of the security gaps mentioned in the documents had already been closed by intervening security gaps.

It is true that it has not yet reached a conclusive conclusion and will continue the analyses, but this is the state of affairs.

„As we’ve reviewed the documents, we’re confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities. Our analysis is ongoing and we will implement any further necessary protections. We’ve always made security a top priority and we continue to invest in our defenses.“

Heather Adkins, Director Information Security & Privacy @Google

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and other companies have been fighting back since the first revelations of Edward Snowden against the suspicion that one – u.U.

Legally conciliated – cooperated with the various intelligence services of the United States and, either consciously or through inaction, encourages their espionage. Again and again, there are efforts by the government to officially provide backdoors or access to encryption mechanisms.

Shortly after the publication of the Vault 7 documents, Google’s competitor Apple had also spoken out and announced that a significant portion of the supposedly hacking hacks was only exploited that had long been patched.

The documents published by Wikileaks date back to the last few years, which date back to the year 2013. Against this background, it is not surprising that Google is running out of now closed security gaps, one was certainly not inactive in Mountain View.

However, many users are still using older smartphones whose operating system has not been sufficiently updated in the past. These devices, of course, continue to contain the security gaps mentioned in the documents.

Security experts have described the fragmentation of the Android versions as a serious problem for quite some time. Smartphone vendors and network operators have been providing extensively deployed updates, if at all, for a limited period of time, after which the devices evolve into ticking time bombs.

In addition to possible attacks by investigative authorities and secret services, hackers also specialize in researching these gaps and use the vulnerabilities to inject ransomware or other malicious software.

The FBI also assumes that a whistleblower or insider could be the source for the Wikileaks documents. According to the New York Times, the investigators now want to question anyone who might have had access to these documents.

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