Alphabet Inc Hold Backdoor Keys to 3 in 4 Android Devices

Alphabet Inc ,  can easily remotely reset the older versions of Android if asked by a court, claims a document from the New York District Attorney’s Office. The reset will allow the investigators to view the data on a device.

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Android users beware

Further, the document says the phones running on Android 5.0 (and newer) could not be remotely reset as they are protected by full disk encryption, but this system is not switched on by default for many of the devices.

“For some other types of Android devices, Google can reset the passcodes when served with a search warrant and an order instructing them to assist law enforcement to extract data from the device,” the document says.

Based on this, Android Developer Dashboard says 74.1% of the devices are still using an Android version that can be remotely accessed. For the iPhone users the condition is a bit better. Apple can’t bypass the passcode of the devices running on iOS 8 or higher. Also, full disk encryption is on by default.

So, the Android users, who want to enable the full disk encryption, can do so by going to the settings then to the ‘security’ or ‘storage’ sections, the options may vary by the manufacturers. Switching it on could slow your phone down a bit.

Alphabet busy with takedown requests

Separately, Alphabet Inc on a daily basis, processes over 2m requests to remove links to pirated content, reveals the Internet firm’s transparency report. In the past month only, Alphabet got 65m takedown notices from 5,609 different copyright holders, says TorrentFreak. The number equals 1,500 requests a minute, almost double of the last years number.

The organizations with the highest number of requests include Degban, multimedia copyright protection firm; British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Though the majority of the requests were related to the pirated content, some were connected to duplicates or wrongly linked. Many also were related to the copyright holders’ own systems.

Previously also, Alphabet Inc has been asked by the copyright holders’ associations such as the MPAA and RIAA to come out harder on the illegally distributed content. Responding to such concerns, the firm edited its search algorithms to lower the ranking of the sites that host such content.

But it seems the change has not been working very good, i.e. why the publishers are resorting to takedown request to keep a check on the pirated content.

In pre-market trading today, Alphabet shares were up 0.08% at $777.60. Year to date, the stock is up over 46% while in the last one-month, it is up over 14%. The stock has a 52-week high of $779.32 and a 52-week low of $490.91.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both marketing and Finance side. He has work as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, playing PC games and cricket.


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