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I report on technology. And I got hacked. Smartphone owners reported on a Samsung help board Wednesday that they'd gotten the "1" notification from their Find My Mobile app, which helps users track their phone's location. Customers reported that the message disappeared when tapped.
The South Korean tech company said later that the message went out by mistake and that it wasn't harmful. However, at a time when even the world's most powerful people can't escape breaches , some Samsung owners braced for the worst.
Didn't even know it was on this phone," a user wrote on the community board Wednesday. The post elicited concerned responses from several other users. I am clueless as well.
Going to force stop it until more is known," someone else wrote. Log in. View a Demo Map.
With LocationOf you can view the location of one or more mobile devices live from your desktop computer, or, within the mobile application itself. One Galaxy owner, Alex Rhynold, tweeted that the app used 20 percent of his battery life. It's not clear if these issues are related, but it sounds like it may be a coincidence.
A Samsung spokesperson told Popular Mechanics that the error has not interfered with their devices in any way:. We can assure our users that this notification does not affect their devices in any way. We sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience this may have caused and will ensure that a similar incident doesn't occur in the future.
SamsungMobile So myself and many other Samsung users have all reported receiving a notification from the "Find My Mobile" app saying "1" I clicked it and nothing happened. Did all our phones just get hacked?
Find My Mobile is actually pretty useful, which is why this is a bit unusual. If you're a Galaxy owner, the app can help you track down your lost or stolen phone; lock down your phone, Samsung Pay, and the power button; ring your phone to help you locate it; and even back up your data through the cloud in the event you don't recover it.
The snafu appears to have merely been a testing error, according to a tweet from Samsung U. About three hours after users began noticing the error, the company wrote that the issue occurred on a "limited number" of Galaxy devices, though it looks like users from around the world have been impacted.