GETTY • GOOGLEAndroid Oreo warning - Update or risk attack from hackers
Android fans who are yet to update their devices to Android Oreo have told by experts that they are at risk of a new malware attack.
Android Oreo launched last month, with the latest version of Google’s smartphone OS currently only available for a handful of devices.
Android Oreo includes a slew of tweaks and minor improvements to the smartphone and tablet operating system.
The eighth major software iteration includes notification dots on app icons, picture-in-picture video playback, and autofill to quickly and securely enter passwords and other personal information in website forms.
Oreo will also restrict background apps from draining the battery to help eek more usage from each charge.
But while the update offers more of a refinement of the Android experience than a wholesale revision, there’s one very important reason to upgrade.
Security experts have warned that those who have not upgraded yet to Android Oreo are vulnerable to a terrifying new malware threat.
Palo Alto Networks revealed all unpatched Android phones that have not upgraded to Android Oreo are at risk from a “high-severity vulnerability”.
The threat effects any Android user running a version older than Oreo, and sees victims at risk from an overlay attack.
The malware draws up a fake screen for users to click on which hides what’s really happening.
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High-resolution render of the Google Pixel 2 XL, published by AndroidPolice
Worst case scenario, it could allow the malicious software to take control of the phone and render it unusable.
It could then install ransomware software of malware that is capable of stealing sensitive information.
Anyone using an Android phone that is running an Android version earlier than Oreo can