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HTC: Android Security Patch on Its Way

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    The HTC phones are vulnerable to hackers breaking in and cloning them. A security update is on the way, reportedly.

    HTC says it's now working on a fix for a security flaw that would allow hackers to remotely control several of its Android smartphones.

    The news is a far cry from HTC's first statement on Sunday, which was mainly, "We will provide an update as soon as we’re able to determine the accuracy of the claim and what steps, if any, need to be taken.”

    Wow, how's that for customer service? As we reported on Monday, the flaw was created by HTC when the company installed a "suite of logging tools" on the phone to collect information on users. Unfortunately, now anyone with access to the phones, most notably app developers, have access to almost all that personal information, including the ability to clone the phone. By Tuesday, HTC seemed almost penitent, telling the Wall Street Journal:

    “HTC is working very diligently to quickly release a security update that will resolve the issue on affected devices,” an HTC spokesman said in a statement. “Following a short testing period by our carrier partners, the patch will be sent over-the-air to customers, who will be notified to download and install it. We urge all users to install the update promptly.”

    Although HTC didn't release a timeline on the Android fix -- which affect HTC Evo 3D, Evo 4G, Thunderbolt and Sensation models -- it did suggest that users "use caution" when downloading apps. The patch will be sent "over-the-air" to customers.