‘Mobile phones are emerging new turf for hackers’

Imagine someone recording your conversation while you discuss confidential company information.

New Delhi: Imagine someone recording your
conversation while you discuss confidential company
information or money being withdrawn from your account through
mobile phones without your consent. That`s the new world of
mobile phone hacking.

After computers, mobile phones are now being targeted by
spammers and hackers to gain confidential information and make
money by duping the public.

According to data security solutions provider Symantec,
many people use their mobile devices to store information such
as their passport numbers and other high-value data, which
drastically increases the `haul` for a cyber criminal who
successfully attacks the device.

"To date, around 400 threats on mobiles have been
identified. While this may appear minuscule as compared to the
four million threats for computers, the dangers to users are
very real," Symantec India managing director Vishal Dhupar

Some of the common mobile threats include Smishing,
Pranking For Profit, Snoopware, Bluejacking and Bluesnarfing.

Smishing, for example, is when SMS and MMS are used for
spamming and phishing activity.

The attacker sends a SMS onto a phone which comes with a
link, clicking on which causes a trojan to be installed on the
mobile phone.

Pranking for profit refers to attacks intended to steal
money from infected smartphones. The infected handset sends
premium SMS messages to a website that withdraws money from a
bank or credit account before the user or network realises.

"With monthly addition of more than 15 million users
every month, it is but obvious that mobile devices, including
phones, are fast becoming the favourite target for mobile
hackers in India, much like in the rest of the world," Dhupar


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