Update: Don’t go to strange links on either device, kids.
Woah, we’ve got some crazy news here that’s just come from the depths of the internet. The Samsung Galaxy S II can be exploited super easily allowing anyone to possibly factory reset your device from inside the browser using a USSD code.
Basically, what can happen is you can be sent to a website which will open up the dialer as it recognises a phone number, but that phone number is actually a USSD code, and that USSD code is set up by Samsung to factory reset the device. Not a safe way to do it, Samsung, that’s for sure.
the USSD code to factory data reset a Galaxy S3 is *2767*3855# can be triggered from browser like this: <frame src=”tel:*2767*3855%23″ />
— Pau Oliva (@pof) September 25, 2012
No doubt after hearing of this, a fix will be on the way very, very soon. Be sure to check out the video above to hear more about this exploit. In the mean time, be careful where you browse and don’t click on links that you don’t know where they lead to.