Whenever you read the words, ‘Google’, ‘China’ and ‘Hackers’ in the same sentence, it generally cannot be good news. A team of white hat hackers from China managed to hack Google’s flagship smartphone Pixel within 60 seconds. The good news is that it was Google who wanted them to find the loopholes so that it could be fixed as soon as possible. As a matter of fact, the tech giant even offered them a bounty. At a security conference in Seoul, a group called Qihoo 360 from China, was able to hack Google Pixel within a minute. It was an attack which made the smartphone vulnerable to remote code execution which is essentially used by hackers to stalk victims, take away money from digital wallets and even use the devices in botnet attacks.
The Qihoo is a group which just wanted to show-off and at the same time managed to get $120,000 from Google for their hack. These white hat hackers work for one of the biggest software security companies in China. Now that the hack is known by Google, it comes as a relief for Pixel users as the company is already working on a patch so that the devices will not be prone to this kind on attack any longer. The Qihoo 360 security group is a well-known group of hackers and came to the spotlight when they found a similar problem in Tesla Model S in the year 2014. During that attack, they were able to take control of the car’s features, including the locks and sunroof, even while the car was being driven. The worst part was that they could even shut down the stability function of the car and interfere with the charging systems. But the team provided the details to Tesla so that they could fix the problem.
Google has reportedly started patchwork on the exploits which also included work on a previous security flaw found at Tencent’s Keen Labs at an event in Japan last month. Google may have claimed that its security features are almost as good as that of Apple, yet its customizations and open-source design expose the devices to hacking.