Galaxy S III and Other Sammy Devices Vulnerable to Remote Wipe Hack

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    Some security researchers have found a pretty severe security vulnerability in the Samsung Galaxy S III that also appears on several other Samsung devices including the Galaxy Beam, S Advance, Galaxy Ace, and Galaxy S II. According to their demonstration given at the Ekoparty security conference, a simple USSD can trigger an event that will cause the phone to do a factory reset and wipe all your personal data. Additionally, they also shared that the data-wipe hack can hit the devices in multiple ways. It could be be sent from a website, pushed via NFC or triggered by a QR code.

    Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is unaffected because it is a pure Android device, which shows this was Sammy's coding mistake. Supposedly, an update has already been sent out to some SGS3 phones, but that has not been confirmed. Here's a quote with some additional info,

    Samsung has yet to comment on the find. Above is a video demo of the vulnerability in action.

    Thanks to all my tipsters who sent this one in!

    Source: SlashGear
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    Now if we can get that htc 5 inch nexus this year that would be awesome. We will see if the rumor is just that.
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    I heard about that. It would be very un-Google-like to make the Nexus line a phablet. Rumored specs look incredible and that's also a warning flag for me. Google doesn't generally put top of the line hardware into a Nexus device.
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    Good point

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