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Samsung explains recent security flaw, but deepens the mystery

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday November 05, 2014.

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Recently it has emerged that Samsung's Find My Mobile service that lets users find a lost or stolen device may have a security flaw. Several security reports have shown that the feature leaves devices open to attacks from hackers operating remotely. Samsung has acknowledged the problem today, but interestingly the company's explanation has added a little confusion to the mix.

Samsung says the problem was solved during an update on October 13th, but the most interesting thing about that is, October 13th is for the most part before people started complaining. So, if Samsung did issue a fix, it clearly hasn?t worked. The Korean company says user data has not been compromised and that a device cannot actually be accessed by hackers.

That means either the security reports are wrong, or Samsung is. The company detailed conditions in which a device could be compromised.

The attacker occupies a way to send a link containing malicious code.

The Find My Mobile user sets up Find My Mobile Remote control "ON" at his/her device.

The user enters up his/her ID and password and logs on Find My Mobile website (http://findmymobile.samsung.com) (If the user doesn?t use the website after log-on, it will be automatically logged out).

The user clicks the link in email/instant message/SMS sent by attackers.

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