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HTC Checking Reports of Security Flaw in Its Android Phones

October 03, 2011

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- HTC Corp. said it’s investigating a report that its smartphones that use Google Inc.’s Android operating system have a security vulnerability that may expose a user’s personal information.

The company is “working to investigate this claim as quickly as possible” and will determine “what steps, if any, need to be taken,” according to a statement today from HTC.

Security site Android Police said the flaw is in Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC’s own application software that runs on top of Android. A user’s e-mail account, GPS location and phone numbers may be vulnerable to hackers, according to the site. The phones that may be affected include HTC’s Evos and Thunderbolts.

HTC has gained from the growth of smartphones that use the Google system, rising to become the second-largest maker of Android devices, behind Samsung Electronics Co. HTC’s Android phones are likely to face added competition from the new iPhone 5 that Apple Inc. may introduce tomorrow.

“Repeated software scares have not slowed down Android growth at all, but it’s possible this might leave Microsoft Windows Mobile a small opening on the enterprise side,” said Tero Kuittinen, an independent wireless analyst.

“Companies are increasingly giving employees freedom to choose their own smartphones,” he said. “But the new wave of Windows models could benefit a bit from their perceived security edge.”

--Editors: John Lear, Romaine Bostick

To contact the reporter on this story: Scott Moritz in New York at smoritz6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net


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