#Opengate: Hackers exploit people’s Samsung phones via ‘Find My Mobile’
Troubled Samsung Electronics now has another case to answer even when their current worries are far from over. Some of the phone maker’s smartphones were found to have a weak point where hackers use for breaking into control of people’s devices, locking them out of their smartphones.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the United States of States Of America on its National Vulnerability Database (NVD), the Find My Mobile vulnerability has been given a high-severity rating at 7.8, with an exploitability sub-score of 10.0, due to its network exploitable nature, low access complexity, no authentication requirement, and disruption potential.
Meanwhile, an Egyptian security firm has expressed fears over what it calls “denial of service” that can be used to lock legit users out of their smartphones by hackers. To practicality that, lead researcher, researcher Mohamed A. Baset (@SymbianSyMoh), uploaded videos of how he remotely gained access to Samsung phones even after the “user” had placed a security code on the devices.
Samsung is yet to comment on any of the allegations and this is coming just a few days after the company’s KNOX security got top government approval for securing classified information in China.
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