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Experts warn hacker attack on Android

A mobile security expert says he has found new ways for hackers to attack phones running Google Inc’s Android operating system. Riley Hassell, who caused a stir when he called off an appearance at a hacker’s conference last week, told Reuters he and colleague Shane Macaulay decided not to lay out their research at the gathering for fear criminals would use it attack Android phones. He said in an interview that he identified more than a dozen widely used Android applications that make the phones vulnerable to attack.

“App developers frequently fail to follow security guidelines and write applications properly,” he said. He declined to identify those apps, saying he fears hackers might exploit the vulnerabilities.Hassell said he and Macaulay alerted Google to the software shortcomings they unearthed.

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