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Submission + - Android Security Flaw Erases All Data (

InfiniteBlaze writes: From the article:

"A major security flaw that causes all of the data stored on an Android smartphone to be erased has been discovered and samsung devices seem to be the target.

Technical University Berlin's Ravi Borgaonkar said websites have tricked Android owners into activating malicious code by selecting on-screen phone numbers.

He added that no Android device could tell the difference between real phone numbers to USSD codes recognized by smartphones as a set of instructions to erase the data from its memory card.

A proportion of the malware seems to only target Samsung devices. Once the malware triggers a factory reset, there was no method of restoring the data, he added."


Submission + - Microsoft being anticompetitive? (

InfiniteBlaze writes: I know most Slashdotters prefer alternative browsers, but for a number of reasons, I use a combination of Chrome and IE. I've noticed that over the past few months, Microsoft has made it harder and harder to add Google as the primary search engine for IE. Each new iteration of the gallery has buried the legitimate Google option deeper and deeper. Now, searching explicitly for the word "google" on the Gallery doesn't even return the valid entry in the first five results. What gives? Has anyone else noticed this?

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