30 Jul '12, 11am

NFC opens hack to Android and Linux MeeGo

We've been following the course of NFC on Android for a while, but I didn't expect a security story to arise... Step forward Ars Technica and a report that Near Field Comms (using ACR122U and SCL3711 card readers) have been the route to hack Google Android and Linux-based MeeGo operating systems... It is the work of a research consultant at security firm Accuvant, reports the website, who has been appearing at the Black Hat security conference. Dan Goodwin writes: By exploiting multiple security weakness in the industry standard known as Near Field Communication, smartphone hacker Charlie Miller can take control of handsets made by Samsung and Nokia. The attack works by putting the phone a few centimetres away from a quarter-sized chip, or touching it to another NFC-enabled phone. Code on the attacker-controlled chip or handset is beamed to the target phone over the air, t...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/eyes-on-android-up...

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