Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

#1058 How to crack Android full disk encryption on Qualcomm devices
The heated battle between Apple and the FBI provoked a lot of talk about Encryption – the technology that has been used to keep all your bits and bytes as safe as possible.

We can not say a lot about Apple's users, but Android users are at severe risk when it comes to encryption of their personal and sensitive data.

Android's full-disk encryption can be cracked much more easily than expected with brute force attack and some patience, affecting potentially hundreds of millions of mobile devices.

There may not be a full fix available for current Android handsets in the market.

Security researcher Gal Beniamini has discovered issues (CVE-2015-6639 and CVE-2016-2431) in how Android devices handle its full disk encryption, making it easier for attackers to gain access to the user's sensitive data.

Beniamini also published a detailed step-by-step guide this week on how one can break down the encryption protections on Android smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
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