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Android security flaw and big telecom news | TECH(feed)

CSO Online | Feb 14, 2019

An Android security flaw could leave your phone vulnerable to hackers while viewing images. And yes, we're talking more about Huawei's battle with the U.S. government. All that and more mobile news on today's episode of TECH(feed).

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Hey everyone, welcome back to TECH(feed). I’m Juliet Beauchamp and today we’re talking all things mobile. So stick around.

If you’re an Android user, be on the lookout for an important update to your OS. This month’s Android Security Bulletin revealed a bug that could allow an attacker to hack phones through a malicious p-n-g image file. While it’s always good to be cautious, this flaw absolutely does not apply to all p-n-g files online. And the good news is Google had no report of this vulnerability being abused. Regardless, be sure to update your system once a patch is released.

The proposed T-Mobile Sprint merger is facing increased scrutiny. The twenty six billion dollar deal has been criticized by democratic lawmakers and consumer advocates, who point to potentially higher prices and job cuts as a reason to block the deal. However, it’s not up to congress to decide the fate of the merger--the justice department and FCC have to approve the deal. And those two government bodies are wrapping up their investigations of the proposed deal. Nevertheless, congress has held two hearings with T-Mobile and Sprint over the past two days and any newly uncovered info could warrant further investigation from the the DOJ or FCC.

And we’re back again with more Huawei and 5G news. According to the New York Times, the Trump administration may soon issue an executive order that would ban telecom companies from using Chinese equipment while building 5G networks. The order would likely ban equipment from quote “adversarial powers”--and Chinese telecom giant Huawei fits in this category. This comes amid u-s criminal charges against Huawei’s CFO and accusations about the company’s alleged ties to the Chinese government.

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