New reports point to the overwhelming impact of cell phone spam texts in developing countries – with an estimated 100 million spam messages reaching countries like India and Pakistan. While spam filtering for mobile phones take a similar form to email, it is less effective due to the short nature of texting.
SMSAssassin is the novel software that uses crowdsourcing spam markers to improve SMS filtering. Right now, researchers at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in New Delhi are asking users to contribute their spam on a special Facebook page. Someday soon, they hope to allow users to share spam keywords with each other on a distributed network via Bluetooth.Read More
A new variant of the ZeuS banking malware is targeting consumers who use their mobile phones to get two-factor authentication from ING Bank Slaski in Poland. This attack is similar to one that has occurred in Spain last September, according to researchers from the antivirus provider F-Secure.Read More
Wired's Threat Level blog recently reported on a demonstration by German researchers of vulnerabilities in common GSM phones that, when exploited--using what the researchers refer to as the "SMS of Death," a maliciously coded text message--could not only shut a phone out of its network, rendering it unusable, but if launched on a large scale could potentially shut down entire networks.Read More
Social media platforms, sophisticated applications, location-based services and massive amounts of data traffic -- mobile technology was huge in 2010, and Mobile Future has just released an impressive video that highlights some of the year's most significant mobile trends, along with some eye opening data as well.Read More