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Snooping on Your Samsung Galaxy

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If you have a Samsung Galaxy from the S4 Mini to the S6, the keyboard software could leave you vulnerable to snooping by hackers.

A vulnerability has been discovered in the Swiftkey software, which is the software that comes preinstalled on the phones and powers the keyboard.  To make matters worse, Swiftkey is uninstallable, so there's nothing anyone can do about it but wait for a patch from Samsung, which they've said they'll do soon.

Hackers can gain access to a victim's phone on an unsecured wifi connection, although advanced hackers could gain access more remotely.  The security hole leaves the phone's owner open to eavesdropping, data theft and malware installation.

On the plus side, it's not believed hackers will rush to exploit the Samsung vulnerability.  Each phone model would need different code written for it and the returns would be relatively small relative to the amount of work it would take to access the phone.