Google security researches recently discovered eighteen significant vulnerabilities in Samsung computer chips used in dozens of Android phones, wearables and cars.  Four of these vulnerabilities in particular would allow a hacker to hack someone’s phone and steal all of the sensitive information in the phone without any interaction with the targeted victim.  All the hacker would need to know is the targeted victim’s cell phone number.

Among the devices affected are:

Mobile devices from Samsung including those in the S22, M33, M13, M12, A71, A33, A21, A13, A12 and A04 series; Mobile devices from Vivo, including those in the S16, S15, S6, X70, X60 and X30 series; Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series of devices from Google; any wearables that use the Exynos W920 chipset and any cars that use the Exynos Auto T5123 chipset


Google has already developed a security update to address the vulnerability impacting its Pixel devices for two of the vulnerabilities . Here is a link to those updates

However, security patches for other affected devices have not yet been released.  Until security updates are available you can defend against a hacker trying to exploit these vulnerabilities by disabling Wi-Fi calling and Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE).

It is always important to download security updates as soon as they are available for all of the software that you use to protect yourself from being attacked which is why I provide those updates regularly.

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