SOURCE: BitDefender


October 02, 2012 16:38 ET

Some 400 Million Android Users at Risk From Attacks on SIMs; Bitdefender Wipe Stopper Offers Defense

Remote Attacks Could Alter SIMs and Shut Down PUKs of Most Android Devices

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - Oct 2, 2012) - Wipe Stopper, the Bitdefender tool that fends off remote attacks that can wipe some Android devices, will also protect against a far more widespread vulnerability that leaves phones open to attackers seeking to brick SIM cards.

Wipe Stopper, available for free on Google Play, alerts Android users to any attempts to run remote that exploit an array of recently discovered vulnerabilities to render Android phones useless by wiping them, altering SIMs or bricking PUK codes.

"An attack that could brick your SIM card can happen as simply as by randomly visiting a web site, or being redirected by a hacker who happens to be on the same network as you," said Bitdefender Chief Security Researcher Alexandru Balan. "The quickest and surest way to protect yourself is to download Wipe Stopper."

All unpatched Android devices are vulnerable -- if you're not certain your device is patched, you are at immediate risk, Balan noted. Google Play statistics show that approximately 2 percent of all Android devices are upgraded to the latest version.

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Recently, Bitdefender won a series of important awards and accolades in the global security industry, including "Editor's Choice" by PC Mag for Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 and the "GoldAward" by TopTenREVIEWS that confirmed the software's top spot among 25 tested security products. Bitdefender antivirus technology has also finished top in leading industry tests from both AV Test and AV-Comparatives. More information about Bitdefender's antivirus products is available from the company's security solutions press room. Additionally, Bitdefender publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, a sizzling blend of steamy computer security stories and stimulating visuals that spotlights the seedy underworld of internet fraud, scams, malicious software -- and gossip.

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