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Android Screen-lock Can be Hacked

Posted On : Apr 10th 2013 by Rishi Aggarwal

What if anyone makes a call from your phone without knowing your screelock password ? Security Expert named "Eden" discovered that with some perseverance, he was able to launch apps from the homescreen and eventually take control of the device.

On his blog, Eden points out that because the phone is fully functional for that brief moment from the lockscreen, attackers could do anything. "From there, you can dial any phone number (one digit at a time) and place a phone call," he writes on his blog.

Any device running the Samsung flavor of Android are vulnerable.

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It makes me wonder why there are so many apps to disable the lockscreen available on Google Play.

Prevention is better then cure.
If your device is one of those that might be affected by this vulnerability, it might be a good idea to invest in mobile security software that includes anti-theft options. These can sometimes provide valuable information to help you get your phone back, but can also remotely wipe the phone's stored data.

Be sure to keep your phone's software up to date.

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