I want to share with you an informative and timely article a friend sent to me.  The article is by Zack Whittaker for Zero Day; Mr. Whittaker wrote recently about the vulnerability of Android devices due to a newly discovered security flaw found on Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile networks.  LTE is also referred to as 4G.

In his article, Mr. Whittaker discussed a recent alert from researchers with Carnegie Mellon; that alert was based on the LTE vulnerabilities discovered by Korean researchers (‘All Android devices’ vulnerable to new LTE security flaw”; http://www.zdnet.com/article/at-t-mobile-verizon-vulnerable-to-several-lte-flaws/?tag=nl.e540&s_cid=540&ttag=e540&ftag=TRE5369823; October 16th). The flaws could permit hackers to eavesdrop on conversations, create false billings and generally invade users privacy.

The security issues are described in detail in Mr. Whittaker’s article as well as in the alert issued by the Carnegie Mellon lab (www.kb.cert.org). T-Mobile customers may have already been affected but a spokesperson for that company has said the issue has been resolved.

Apple products are not affected by the LTE flaw.

Mr. Whittaker’s article and the Carnegie Mellon alert provide a timely “heads up” to consumers using Android devices.  Hopefully there won’t be any adverse impact.  However, consumers should be aware of any issues with their bills and any alerts issued by AT&T and Verizon.