Aware of USSD exploit? This type of attack can completely wipe your android phone remotely by hackers. Know How to Protect Android phone from USSD Code Attacks.
By now you probably heard of USSD vulnerability on android which allows hackers to run malicious software remotely to reset your Android phone to its factory default settings and permanently delete your important data. Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) is a protocol used by GSM cellular telephones to communicate with the service provider’s computers. USSD can be used for WAP browsing, prepaid callback service, mobile-money services, location-based content services, menu-based information services, and as part of configuring the phone on the network.
An issue has been discovered lately that affects (almost) all Android devices running an OS version below Android 4.1.x – Jelly Bean. the exploit uses the Android dialer to automatically “call” a USSD code and perform certain actions, like completely erasing and/or wiping your device. With Samsung TouchWiz devices the issue was first discovered, where if any user just click a link on webpage it will lead his device completely reset to factory state.
Fortunately most security software developers have come up with solutions and ESET is among the first. Using ESET USSD Control you can prevent such security risks as having your device wiped. The app protects your devices from USSD code attacks executed via malicious SMS, QR code, or URL link. In order to protect your device from remote wipe and other USSD attacks, make sure that ESET USSD Control is set as the default dialer. Once you’ve done that you’ll have no reason to worry about attacks. More info can be found on ESET Threat Blog.
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There is another app called G Data USSD Filter which can also protect from such malicious attack. Download G Data USSD Filter for android from the ink below: