Samsung on a Damage Control Mode
Samsung security researcher, Ravi Borgaonkar, came across a major flaw with Samsung Galaxy S3. The flaw of the product helped several hackers to deliberately unleash malicious code on the web that was capable to remotely wipe out every data of the handset. This definitely came as shocking information to the users of the handset as it posed as a security threat.
Though Samsung has not addressed the reason of the fault, it has uploaded new software that the users of Galaxy S3 can download and install in order to protect their phones from being hacked. The Over-The-Air (OTA) service provided by Samsung is very easy to download and install. The software has been available over the web for the past two weeks.
The problem had risen due to the unstructured service code of the data that is handled by the TouchWiz UI of Samsung. Since the technology does not require any confirmation of the users to send the codes, it has become very vulnerable for protecting the data of the phone’s memory. Mr. Borgaonkar also added that the hackers could access the internal data of any handset of Samsung Galaxy S3 through the QR codes, SMSes and even certain links of the website. If these SMSes, web links or the OR codes, containing the malicious software codes, are accessed through the set of Samsung Galaxy S3, then the entire data of the phone set will get deleted automatically. Though Samsung has taken steps to provide the security for its phones, yet, it has still not declared whether the other handsets are also affected by the same problem or not.