It Turns Out That Mysterious Message That Samsung Smartphone Owners Got Last Week Was A Sign That This Was A Data Breach

If you cast your mind back to last week when Samsung smartphone owners globally got a cryptic message on their phones via the Find My Phone app, it was thought to be an accident by Samsung. Today The Register has a story that explains that this was not an accident. It was instead a data breach:

Samsung has admitted that what it calls a “small number” of users could indeed read other people’s personal data following last week’s unexplained Find my Mobile notification.

Several Register readers wrote in to tell us that, after last Thursday’s mystery push notification, they found strangers’ personal data displayed to them.

Many readers, assuming Samsung had been hacked, logged into its website to change their passwords. Now the company has admitted that a data breach did occur.

A spokeswoman told The Register: “A technical error resulted in a small number of users being able to access the details of another user. As soon as we became of aware of the incident, we removed the ability to log in to the store on our website until the issue was fixed.”

She added: “We will be contacting those affected by the issue with further details.”

Well, at least Samsung admitted to it. Eventually. But you have to think that the trust level of Samsung has taken a hit because of this. After all Samsung sells a pile of phones every year. Thus anything that the screw up on is going to get a lot of eyeballs looking at it. In this case, I expect that the EU and the US will be asking questions about this incident. And Samsung will have a “interesting” time answering them.


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