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Samsung Responds to Smartphone Remote Wipe Hack

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes | about 2 years ago

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DavidGilbert99 writes "Samsung says it has fixed the smartphone hack which saw many of its smartphones vulnerable to being remotely wiped by simply visiting a website.

In a statement sent to IBTImes UK, Samsung said:

"We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the GALAXY S III has already been resolved through a software update. We recommend all GALAXY S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service."

However, IBTimes UK checked its own Galaxy S3 this morning and found that no software update was available for to download. They have been back in touch with Samsung about this and are awaiting a reply.

Samsung smartphones which were using Samsung's proprietary user interface, called TouchWiz, on Android smartphones were vulnerable to having all the data stored on their smartphone remotely wiped by simpy visiting a particular website, which featured a single line of malicious code.

While Samsung only mentioned the Galaxy S3 in its statement, it was shown yesterday that a lot more Samsung smartphones were vulnerable, including the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Beam and Galaxy S Advance.

IBTimes UK has asked Samsung if it is confirming these other devices are also vulnerable and if updates will be available for them.

The malicious code triggers a factory reset on your phone if your web browser is pointed to a particular website with the single line of code embedded."

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