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Samsung Galaxy S4 security vulnerability uncovered

by CBR Staff Writer| 24 December 2013

It would allow tracking emails and recording data communications.

Cybersecurity researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have exposed a vulnerability in Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone that could allow tracking emails and recording data communications.

According to the researchers, the latest security loophole comes as the South Korean firm launched the new security platform dubbed 'Knox' for the US Department of Defence clients and other government and corporate entities, in a bid to vie with BlackBerry.

Ben-Gurion University's Cyber Security Lab Researcher Mordechai Guri said that the vulnerability would let a cyber attacker 'easily intercept' secure information of a user of a Knox-enabled Galaxy device.

In addition, the vulnerability would also allow hackers to alter data and integrate malicious software that could launch a sudden massive assault within the secured network, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Ben-Gurion University Cybersecurity lab chief technical officer Dudu Mimran said: "The new unveiled vulnerability presents a serious threat to all users of phones based on this architecture, such as users of the Samsung Galaxy S4."

However, Samsung said that it will further investigate the university lab's allegations, while the preliminary study revealed that the threat would be equal to some familiar attacks.

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