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If you just repair the smartphone screen, you could be being spied

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A new study has shown that one of the most common repairs to which we subject our smartphone can cause someone to steal your data and compromise the device. The paper recently published by researchers at the Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel is revealed as repair screen smartphone could end up altering detrimentally l hardware on your phone.

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Research has found that when repairing the smartphone screen at some unofficial “service” repair technicians may be able to integrate a malicious chip into a touch screen third, in fact, the research team was able to manipulate the communications system on a Nexus 6P and LG G Pad 7.0. This basically allowed them to record keyboard input, user take pictures and email them , install applications and redirect users to phishing websites. A second class of attack was able to exploit vulnerabilities in the kernel phone operating system.

Most worrying of all is that researchers claim that these panels “manipulated” that can be placed on any terminal when repairing mobile screen may appear identical to the real. This means that even a repair technician might be using a false display without being able to tell the difference. In addition, the whole process does not involve the exchange of files, allowing you to go undetected by antivirus software.

A real danger?

This type of attack low cost follows the “chip-in-the-middle” system. To carry out its malicious tasks, the researchers used an Arduino platform that runs on ATmega328 microcontroller module. STM32L432 also used a microcontroller, not before indicate that most other microcontrollers could also do the job. Next, hot air used to separate the touchscreen controller plates main assembly, in order to access the inner workings of the device and then soldering the components to the terminal.

Although this configuration seems to be far from being discreet, the team says a little more effort could easily hide altered within a device reassembling part. The danger is real and affects all users as researchers say that not only Android phones are at risk but any models of iPhone could fall prey to the same kinds of attacks when repairing the smartphone screen.

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