A malicious hack that uses a USSD exploit to remotely wipe Samsung handets running the custom TouchWiz interface has already been resolved for at least one smartphone, according to the Korean manufacturer. Samsung released a statement saying the vulnerability has already been addressed with a recent update to the Galaxy S3 and is urging users to update their phones to the latest official software build.
“We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the GALAXY S III has already been resolved through a software update. We recommend all GALAXY S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service.”
Samsung made no mention of a security patch for other handsets affected by the exploit, which include the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Ace, and Galaxy Advance. We expect updates will arrive shortly to address the issue for those devices.