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Google's Android Has a Fake-ID Problem

Google's Android Has a Fake-ID Problem
Photograph by Denis Doyle/Bloomberg

Google’s Android operating system has a security flaw that could allow hackers to impersonate trusted applications and potentially hijack your phone or tablet, according to research released today.

The basic issue is the way in which Android checks—or rather, does not check—that certain applications are what they say they are, according to Bluebox Security, the company that identified the vulnerability. Hence the catchy name, “Fake ID.”