Samsung Galaxy S3 has come under scrutiny after the news of a hacking code surfaced, the code can reset the Galaxy S3 to factory settings wiping all user data on the phone. The code, which was revealed in Argentina is now circulating on the internet without any inhibitions.
Galaxy S3 is the best selling smartphone from Samsung’s franchise of Android operated phones. The hack code consists eleven characters and can be embedded in a web page. Galaxy S3 users could face the situation of a factory reset by visiting a web page which contains the hack code. The code can also be embedded in a text message, QR code in the web browser or NFC tag.
Ravi Borgaonkar, a researcher based at the Technische Universität Berlin who revealed the threat to Galaxy S3 users said, “There are more codes built into Samsung devices that could be used in other attacks, but I will not reveal them because they could be useful to criminals. One code can also ‘kill the SIM card’. The only way to guard against the attacks is to switch off ‘service loading’ in settings, and disable QR code and NFC applications.”
Samsung is facing constant calls from the users to correct the problem and issue a software update which address a major security defect in the Galaxy S3. Samsung S3 is the highest selling smartphone for the South Korean company achieving global sales of more than 20 million. Samsung devices utilising TouchWiz interface appear to be the only ones affected by the hack code.
Galaxy S3 owners who tested the code confirmed on Twitter that it wiped their handset completely. With the Samsung commercial throwing dirt on iPhone 5, the question which now comes to the surface is, Did Samsung forget about its own phone while immersing itself in dirty marketing tactics?
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