Flaw In Android Creates Phone Risk, Researcher Says

WASHINGTON (September 28, 2012)--Security researcher Ravi Borgaonkar says cell phones equipped with Google's Android operating system could be disabled or wiped clean of their data, including contacts, music, and photos.

Opening a link to a web site or application embedded with malicious code could trigger an attack capable of destroying the memory card in Android-equipped handsets made by Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, he said.

Borgaonkar, of Germany's Technical University Berlin, wrote that another code that can erase a user's data appears to target only the top selling Galaxy S III and other Samsung phones.

Borgaonkar said he informed Google of the vulnerability in June.

A fix was issued quickly, he said, but it wasn't publicized, leaving many phone owners unaware the problem existed.

Google declined to comment.

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