Hackers can wipe your Android with a single link

28 September 2012

android_appsHave you got an Android phone? Well, when you're not constantly sneering at iPhone users (you must be so proud), you're running the risk of falling into a "dirty USSD" exploit which enables hackers to wipe your entire phone.

And all because you clicked the wrong link.

Phones that could be vulnerable to a USSD attack are: Most HTC phones, Motorola Atrix 4G/Milestone/Razr, Samsung's Galaxy S2 and S3, Ace, Beam and S Advance.

Only selected Samsung phones have been confirmed as being wipeable via a USSD command, but loads of other phones use USSD commands, so it is worth being vigilant.

Samsung owners will be glad to know that the company have already released a firmware update that patches the vulnerability (so do an update already). Likewise, if you're running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, then update your phone. As USSD uses a flaw in the dialer, you may want to change that (one good alternative is the free DialerOne).

There's a more detailed list of how to protect your Android phone, and what USSD is, at Digital Trends.

TOPICS:   Mobile


  • LancerVancer
    I wipe my phone with a single cloth. I'll get me coat.
  • craig
    i got a s3 and no update yet for me.

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