The Find My Mobile service on Samsung phones is designed to let users lock their devices if they’re lost or stolen, protecting any personal information stored on the handset. But this security feature can be hacked, giving attackers a way to lock phones from afar.
Find My Mobile works on many popular Samsung devices, including the Galaxy line of phones and tablets. It maps the location of a missing phone, locks it on command and can activate the ringer to go off at maximum volume for a full minute to alert anyone within hearing distance. It also allows users to remotely unlock their phones, and to wipe all internal and external memory.