Over the years, Android and iOS phone makers have come up with strategies to counter hackers from breaking security walls. However, the developers still haven’t prevented these issues. Although this is a high-level threat for consumer privacy, the tech industry hasn’t come up with a solution to overcome this security loophole.
Finally, the Federal Trade Commission and the FCC have raised their opinion in a letter addressed to major players in the smartphone industry. The authorities wish to learn in detail how smartphones are provided security updates. The officials were especially “concerned” of cellphone updates issued quickly after a bug is reported.
In a statement issued by the FCC and FTC they said, “Consumers may be left unprotected, for long periods of time or even indefinitely, by any delays in patching vulnerabilities once they are discovered. There are significant delays in delivering patches to actual devices — and older devices may never be patched.”
CNN Money reported that the authorities at FTC have already sent out letters of inquiry to tech giants Samsung, Apple, Google, Microsoft, HTC, Motorola, Blackberry and LG. The FCC is handling the inquiry of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Cellular and TracFone.
Although companies like Apple have prioritized safety better than Google, their security patches are tested at a slow phase. Even the current loophole (been in existence since iOS 8) that allows hackers to break through the security wall through Air Drop still hasn’t been rectified. In Android, the Stagefright vulnerability has infected close to 1 billion users throughout the world. This bug allows hackers to cloak themselves and gain access to a phone without the user’s knowledge.
Most of millennial in U.S. are digitally connected through smartphones 24/7. Knowing that any hacker can exploit any mobile phones in the U.S. is a national threat that should be prioritized by the government.
For more technology news, you can subscribe to our newsletter. If you are a social media junkie and would like to receive updates on your timeline, then you can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.