|About 41% of Android Phones Are Vulnerable to 'Devastating' Wi-Fi Attacks|
The new kind of attack allows hackers to read Wi-Fi traffic between devices and inject malware into websites.
Cybersecurity researchers found that 41% of Android phones are vulnerable to an "exceptionally devastating" variant of a new kind of hacking attack that targets Wi-Fi connection, according to a report from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
The new attack allows hackers to read Wi-Fi traffic between devices and wireless internet access points. They can then modify those connections to inject malware into websites. This new kind of attack can work against all modern Wi-Fi networks that use WPA or WPA2 encryption.
Research reports on the new hacking method found that Android, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc. ( GOOGL) , has the most at-risk devices with multiple vulnerabilities.
Vulnerable devices need only to be in wireless range to an attacker to be targeted. The hack can be used to steal credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, photos, emails and more. Because the attack doesn't need a password, updating your Wi-Fi security won't help; however, the researchers said it's still worth updating router firmware.
Alphabet said the company is "aware of the issue, and [it] will be patching any affected devices in the coming weeks."