Remote attacks could alter SIMs and shut down PUKs of most Android devices
Wipe Stopper, the Bitdefender tool that fends off remote attacks that can wipe some Android devices, will also protect against a far more widespread vulnerability that leaves phones open to attackers seeking to brick SIM cards.
Wipe Stopper, available for free on Google Play, alerts Android users to any attempts to run remote that exploit an array of recently discovered vulnerabilities to render Android phones useless by wiping them, altering SIMs or bricking PUK codes.
“An attack that could brick your SIM card can happen as simply as by randomly visiting a web site, or being redirected by a hacker who happens to be on the same network as you,” said Bitdefender Chief Security Researcher Alexandru Balan. “The quickest and sures way to protect yourself is to download Wipe Stopper.”
All unpatched Android devices are vulnerable – if you’re not certain your device is patched, you are at immediate risk, Balan noted. Google Play statistics show that approximately 2 percent of all Android devices are upgraded to the latest version.
Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world’s fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. Since 2001, the company has been an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of around 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.
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