Android’s screenlock flaw has users concerned

Hackers have found something very scary inside Android 5.1, its a severe security flaw that affects Android smartphones and tablets. The security vulnerability allows anyone to gain access to your device and if you think you’re safe because its locked, think again!

The hack allows a hacker to bypass the lock screen by “copying” long strings or various characters in the password field of any locked device.


The attack requires the following criteria:

  • Attacker must have physical access to the device
  • User must have a password set (pattern / pin configurations do not appear to be exploitable)

Apparently entering the long text causes the lock screen to crash allowing the hacker access to your device.