Security flaw in phones gives hackers access

Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Researchers at the University of Michigan and California are presenting a paper Friday, saying they have found a new hacking method with a high success rate.

It's called User Interface or UI State Interference, and it gives hackers a peek at your phone's shared memory.

That means a hacker can run the malicious app in the background without the user knowing.

Researchers found 6 out of 7 highly popular apps were vulnerable, including WebMD, Chase and Gmail.

They say this can expose sensitive data to hackers, including passwords and Social Security Numbers.

Right now there is no efficient work-around.

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