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Samsung Galaxy S3 remote-wipe bug now fixed

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Samsung Galaxy S3 remote-wipe bug now fixed

Samsung has issued a fix for a hole in the Galaxy S3 that enabled hackers to wipe the phone of data.

The phone-maker was alerted to the vulnerability by security sage Ravi Borgaonkar earlier this week, who exposed it at the Ekoparty expo in Argentina.

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The flaw, which relates to unstructured supplementary service data codes, can be exploited by hackers via SMS messages and internet links to assume control of the phone and completely erase it.

To Samsung’s credit, it has acted quickly to patch the problem. Two days after the expose, a patch is now available to download over the air.

"We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the Galaxy S3 has already been resolved through a software update.

“We recommend all Galaxy S3 customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the over-the-air (OTA) service."

A separate patch is reportedly on the way for the Galaxy S2 and will be released imminently.

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