Google says Android and Chrome are now strong enough to defend against at least some of the vulnerabilities that the CIA may have exploited to carry out covert surveillance programs.
A cache of more than 8,000 documents released by WikiLeaks yesterday outlined how the CIA targeted Google’s Android smartphone operating system.
The leaked documents date back to as far as 2013, and it’s unclear exactly when the security holes were patched.
Heather Adkins, Google’s Director of Information Security and Privacy, provided this statement:
"As we’ve reviewed the documents, we're confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities. Our analysis is ongoing and we will implement any further necessary protections. We've always made security a top priority and we continue to invest in our defenses."