Malicious Code Can Wipe Out Some Samsung Phones

Brian X. Chen, writing for The NYT:

“A simple line of malicious code embedded in a Web page can cause some Samsung Galaxy smartphones to lose all their data, security researchers revealed this week. But Samsung says a fix has been out for months.”

The Android phone market is going to be an Achilles heal in getting this fixed. Carriers are notoriously slow in rolling out system software updates, and ‘droid phone owners are notoriously slow adopting them.

A few hard data losses among the user base should provide motivation to update sooner, though.