Cyber-thieves Going Phishing for the Holidays

By JDavis | 11/29/10 9:25 AM

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.

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Symantec to Vouch for Phone Apps

By JDavis | 2/28/10 8:46 AM

According to a recent article in The Sydney Morning Herald, security company Symantec is planning to release a solution for ensuring the security of mobile phone apps and they networks they connect to.

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Malicious App Found in Android Marketplace

By JDavis | 2/4/10 7:56 AM

A hacker was able to successfully post his phishing app to Google's Android Market, according to a recent article on The Register:

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Mobile Security’s "Big Rub"

By JDavis | 3/23/09 5:39 AM

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.

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