It was revealed yesterday that Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI could easily be hacked to remotely wipe your device of all your data. This was demonstrated in a presentation called “Dirty use of USSD Codes in Cellular Network” by Ravi Borgaonka at the Ekoparty security conference. Clearly Samsung saw this and have been quick to fix the issue, but currently only for Galaxy S III users.
Here’s the full statement from Samsung:
“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.”
Apparently Samsung is working on a patch and “conducting an internal review” of other devices, including the GS II.