Beware! This budget smartphone chipset has security, privacy vulnerabilities | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack


“The vulnerability allows intruders to access call and system logs, text messages, contacts, and other private data, video record the device’s screen or use the external-facing camera to record video, or even take control of the device remotely, altering or wiping data,” said Kryptowire, in a press statement. Kryptowire claims that it informed Chinese manufacturer UNISOC as well as the handset makers and wireless carriers of the flaw back in December; however, UNISOC hasn’t responded yet.

Alex Lisle, Chief Technical Officer, Kryptowire, said, “In an increasingly competitive mobile device market, it’s imperative that device manufacturers establish and maintain trust among carriers and end-users.” 

List of UNISOC SC9863A-powered smartphones

Here’s a list of smartphones that come powered by the UNISOC SC9853A chipset in India.

What can you do?

A Kryptowire spokesperson told TomsGuide that Nokia had fixed the vulnerability on the affected phones. However, there is no update on other UNISOC SC9863A-powered phones yet. Here’s what you can do if you have got those devices

  • Download a good antivirus app: You can install an antivirus app to prevent malicious apps from being downloaded. Also, download apps from Google Play Store only. Avoid using any other platforms to download the app.
  • Contact manufacturer or carrier: It’s advised to contact your smartphone manufacturer or carrier and check if they have done anything to fix this issue.
  • If you can, stop using the smartphone until the issue is fixed.



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