Bitdefender has released a free tool to prevent attackers from remotely wiping your Android device or causing other damage through the recently discovered USSD vulnerability.
The discovery this week of the vulnerability, which would allow an attacker to remotely run USSD commands on an Android phone through a fault in the dialer, has shown that hundreds of thousands of Android users worldwide are at risk of massive, sudden data loss. Publicity surrounding the vulnerability greatly increases the likelihood of an attack, as exploiting the vulnerability requires little technical knowledge.
Bitdefender Wipe Stopper, now available for free on Google Play, notifies Android users of any attempt to run a USSD command on their device, allowing them to prevent their phones from executing the malicious commands. Once installed, your device is safe from running unauthorised USSD commands even if your Android version is vulnerable.
“The moment the vulnerability came to light, Bitdefender set some of the best minds in the industry to work,” said Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Researcher at Bitdefender. “We came up with the best solution available – Bitdefender Wipe Stopper. It’s free, so we recommend pretty much every Android owner use it.”