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.