Lebanese telco Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom, has informed its subscribers about a security vulnerability detected in Android smartphones.
According to the telco, this vulnerability gives hackers full control of a phone by sending users an MMS such as images or video, thus enabling data theft and piracy of personal information, in addition to spying, data deletion or copying, app hacking, and other piracy acts.
“Alfa urges its customers to be careful when receiving multimedia messages from unknown sources,” says the company.
The operator has created a guideline for its subscribers and recommends not to not open or download any multimedia content received on the phone, even if it is from a reliable source. “Some of these multimedia messages can hack the phone directly, even if the user does not download the files. In this case, the ‘auto retrieve multimedia messages’ feature must be unchecked,” the company added.