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Google urges Android phone users to switch off Wi-Fi calling to avoid hacking

Google’s Project Zero team discovered multiple security flaws with Samsung Galaxy smartphones that could allow hackers to target devices easily.All a hacker would need is the victim’s phone number, which can be used to compromise the phone without the user knowing anything is wrong.“Tests conducted by Project Zero confirm that those four vulnerabilities allow an attacker to remotely compromise a phone at the baseband level with no user interaction and require only that the attacker know the victim’s phone number. With limited additional research and development, we believe that skilled attackers would be able to quickly create an operational exploit to compromise affected devices silently and remotely,” Google said.The devices affected are:Samsung Galaxy phones including those in the S22, M33, M13, M12, A71, A53, A33, A21, A13, A12 and A04 seriesVivo phones including those in the S16, S15, S6, X70, X60 and X30 seriesGoogle Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and 7 ProAny wearables that use the Exynos W920 chipsetAny vehicles that use the Exynos Auto T5123 chipsetSamsung is aware of the issue and is currently working on a fix. However, until a solution is found, Google says users can protect themselves by turning off Wi-Fi calling in their device settings.How to turn off Wi-Fi calling:Navigate to and open settingsTap connectionsTap Wi-Fi callingTap the switch to turn the feature offOn some phones, you can also disable Wi-Fi calling from the Quick settings panelSwipe down from the top of the screenTap the Wi-Fi calling icon to turn it offTo read Google’s full report, click here.

As reported by Indianapolis News and Headlines