When iOS 6.1 was released, it introduced an as-of-yet unfixed lock screen bug that could give an attacker with physical access to an iPhone an entry to the phone dialer app and all of the information therein, including contact information, recent and missed calls, and voicemails. Now, a similar bug has been discovered by a Full Disclosure forum user for Samsung’s Galaxy S III, but the problem is more severe. Even if your phone is running the latest software update from Samsung, an attacker with physical access to your handset can bypass the lock screen entirely and access all of the applications and information on your phone. The process sounds simple, though any attacker with physical access to your phone would probably need some time to actually exploit it.
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Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).