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Google Fixes Security Issue With Google Wallet

Google has patched a vulnerability in its Google Wallet service, which could expose it to unauthorised access - announced the Internet search engine giant.

The company had temporarily withdrawn prepaid card support from the service last weekend as a precautionary measure, and stated that the withdrawal would remain until a permanent fix was found for the issue.

However, Google has now reopened the pre-paid support, even though it refrained from disclosing what vulnerability it had actually fixed.

"We issued a fix that prevents an existing prepaid card from being re-provisioned to another user," Osama Bedier, vice president of Google Wallet and Payments, stated in an updated blog post.

"While we're not aware of any abuse of prepaid cards or the Wallet PIN resulting from these recent reports, we took this step as a precaution to ensure the security of our Wallet customers," he added.

The blog post did not provide any information as to whether or not the company could come up with a solution, in order to bar hackers from stealing passwords, from rooted handsets by using brute force attacks. It did advise customers however, not to root their phones.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.