University of California and Georgia Institute of Technology’s researchers recently uncovered a new exploit, called Cloak & Dagger, that can attack Android devices – even those with the most up-to-date operating systems installed.
The researchers say, “Cloak & Dagger is a new class of potential attacks affecting Android devices. These attacks allow a malicious app to completely control the UI feedback loop and take over the device – without giving the user a chance to notice the malicious activity.” The researchers discovered this breach in August 2016 and have started their own website to inform the public of their findings, as well as to track their communications to Google’s Android team.
What Can You Do to Keep Safe?
TechCrunch reports that “The easiest way to disable this exploit in Android 7.1.2 is to turn off the ‘draw on top’ permission in Settings > Apps > Gear symbol > Special Access >