Samsung closes hacking loophole in Galaxy S3

Samsung closes hacking loophole in Galaxy S3

Samsung has released an over-the-air update after a hidden web code was found which would wipe all of the Galaxy S3's data.

The 11-digit string was revealed at a computer security conference in Argentina.

Ravi Borgaonkar, a researcher from the Technische Universitat Berlin, showed delegates how the number could be activated if it was embedded into HTML code of a website.

This would then wipe the device of all of its data, including contacts, messages and any stored documents without the user's permission.

Samsung reacted quickly to the find and said that the update will eradicate the problem.

"We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the Galaxy S3 has already been resolved through a software update," it said in a statement.

It went on to recommend all Galaxy S3 customers download the latest firmware, which can be done over-the-air.

Samsung is also preparing to rollout the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system for the Galaxy S3, which according to members of the XDA Developers Forum, is now available in Poland and will hit other European markets in the very near future.