Samsung Galaxy devices were exposed to vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to steal data- Technology News

A security company, Oversecured, revealed that Samsung Galaxy users were vulnerable to some serious security flaws because of Samsung’s native apps. The researchers at Oversecured say that these flaws could have been used by hackers to spy on the users. The company founder Sergey Toshin told TechCrunch that although the vulnerabilities were verified on Galaxy S10+, “all Samsung devices could be potentially affected.” The vulnerabilities have now been fixed.

Galaxy S20 FE.Image: Tech2/ Sheldon Pinto

Galaxy S20 FE.Image: Tech2/ Sheldon Pinto

The vulnerabilities could have allowed hackers to steal user’s photos, videos, contact, call records and messages. It could also give hackers access to change the settings of the device without the user’s permission or notice.

In a blog post, the security company further revealed a bug that could be used to steal contacts data. Another bug was revealed in Knox security software that can be used to install malicious apps. The company also found a bug in Samsung Dex that can be used to remove data from notifications like email and messages.

The researchers said that it reported the issues to Samsung and the company soon after fixed the bugs.

As per the report, Samsung has confirmed that the flaws affected a few Galaxy devices but did not reveal the name of the devices. Samsung further added that no reports were issued globally and users’ sensitive information was not at risk. Samsung has fixed the flaws via security patches in the new April and May 2021 software updates.


Angelina Burt

A late bloomer but an early learner, Angelina likes to be honestly biased. Though fascinated by the far-flung corners of the galaxy, She doesn’t fancy the idea of humans moving to Mars. Angelina is a Contributing Author for NME.

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