Two kinds of mobile phone-based phishing scams are expected to be widespread this holiday season. "Vishing," which uses automated voice phone calls, and "smishing" which employs SMS text messages, are both being used by scammers to defraud consumers and retrieve their banking credentials and information.Read More
What’s driving the explosion in mobile attacks is that these platforms are finally numerous enough to be worth hacker's whiles. So, what’s the answer? When discussing back end and user-facing approaches to smartphone security, InformationWeek’s Alexander Wolfe points out a major flaw.
So here’s the rub, though. With all this heavy-duty security in play, will we succeed in tamping down mobile hacking? Unlikely, because most protection tactics won’t effectively stop what’s likely to be the most dangerous mobile scam: mobile phishing. Think about it.
With all the different hardware players getting into the cellphone business, a whole lot of them are going to opt for the "open" platform -- that, incidentally, needs a heck of a lot of help when it comes to security. The sad truth is that smartphones are comparatively "soft targets" when it comes to malware and hackers.Read More