New Android remote killswitch will be able to completely brick devices

New Android remote killswitch will be able to completely brick devices
Android's Device Manager has been providing protection for your lost device for a while now. If you happen to misplace your handset, the web app can help you locate it, make it ring, show an on-screen message for anyone who finds it, lock it, or wipe it clean. However, the system is still not perfect and your data is still at some risk of being accessed when your phone falls into shady hands.

Well, Google seems to be adding an extra option to go nuclear on your handset, if you feel like you will never see it again and would rather have it rendered to a glorified paperweight. Eagle eyes have spotted new lines in the Android Open Source Project, which will allow users to remotely brick devices. The process allows for a command that can wipe everything – even the boot and recovery partitions – on the handset.

Ultimately, it will be up to manufacturers just how much nuclear the bricking command would get. According to the report, phone makers will be able to define which partitions would be deleted when the big red “Brick it!” button is pressed — there is even an option to include the external SD card in the process. However, if all partitions are wiped, it's safe to say that the phone is unsalvageable — unless it's sent back to the manufacturer for a fix.

source: AOSP via Android Police

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14 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

All thieves should be wiped out from the earth.

4. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

That's going to kill a lot of people.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No more government for sure ;)

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL good one.

6. gsv619

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

all Governments & Politicians would be the 1st to get "wiped" then... ;-)

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

i cant see this being a problem for hackers to play with

2. Kumar123 unregistered

Nice feature.

3. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Lets hope its really secure, wouldn't be cool if Google got hacked and everyones phone got bricked...

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

You mean like Apple do some software update? lol.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If you wipe the partition, you can just put them back with ODIN, as long as you have the file that contains the partition data which you can usually get online. This would be cool if you get arrested, when you make your phone call; tell the wife or whoever to BRICK YOUR PHONE for you. Keeps the Gov't in their place. lol

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Or just add a features thats if you use it its will send an electric current in all the part and literally fry them then its be bricked for good!

11. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

or be able to remotely detonate your phone..

13. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I hope some troll won't brick the phone after selling it to 2nd hand.

14. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Would be better with an e-fuse like the KNOX on Samsung that permanently disables power to the CPU.

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