[Aug 10, 2018]
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 smartphones contain a microchip security flaw uncovered earlier this year that put tens of millions of devices at risk to hackers looking to spy on their users, researchers have said.
The Galaxy 7 and other smartphones made by Samsung Electronics were previously thought to be immune to a security vulnerability known as Meltdown, which researchers said affected most of the world’s PCs, smartphones and other computing devices.
Hackers can exploit those vulnerabilities by either bypassing hardware barriers or tricking applications into giving up secret information such as passwords or banking details.
The Galaxy S7 is used by 30 million people, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.
Cyber Security Tips:
- Samsung said it introduced patches in January and July to protect Galaxy S7 handsets against Meltdown. Users are highly recommended to install updates for the same.