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Samsung will release patch to deal with lock screen hack

Samsung is planning to release a security patch for a newly discovered lock screen hack, says Lookout Mobile Security.

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The South Korean firm’s Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 were discovered to be susceptible to the hack. The two smartphones’ pad lock screen can be bypassed, allowing access to apps and widgets. Attackers simply punch in a series of numbers, and they can trick past the handset’s emergency dial pad lock screen.

In the meantime, Lookout Mobile Security, released a minor update to its security application that is intended as a stopgap measure against the lock screen bypass. Lookout’s app will detect whether the emergency contact dialer has been backgrounded, if so, Lookout will pre-emptively bring it back to the front so the phone cannot be accessed.

Scaremongering aside, the overall risk of the hack is somewhat low, given the lock screen bypass requires a bit of practice.  Still, it’s probably a good idea to update your device in case you do bump into someone who did practice beforehand.

In a statement to CNET, Samsung says that they are aware of the issue and will release a fix at the earliest possibility.

“Samsung considers user privacy and the security of user data its top priority,” added the company.

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