New Android remote killswitch will be able to completely brick devices
posted by Paul K. / Jun 07, 2016, 3:31 AM
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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All thieves should be wiped out from the earth.
posted on Jun 07, 2016, 4:15 AM 12
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That's going to kill a lot of people.
posted on Jun 07, 2016, 4:42 AM 3
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Lets hope its really secure, wouldn't be cool if Google got hacked and everyones phone got bricked...
posted on Jun 07, 2016, 4:34 AM 1
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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
posted on Jun 07, 2016, 9:40 AM 1
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