New Banking Trojan Hijacks Out-Of-Band Mobile SMS

By Robert Vamosi | 7/1/13 2:57 AM

One of the ways to defeat fraud in banking is to use out-of-band communications with the account holder. That usually means sending an SMS text. But a new family of malware aims to defeat that.

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Crowdsource This! A New Way to Combat SMS Spam

By JDavis | 3/3/11 6:09 AM

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.

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ZeuS Strikes Back on Mobile Bankers

By JDavis | 2/28/11 7:07 AM

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.

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"SMS of Death" Could Wreak Havoc on GSM Networks

By JDavis | 12/31/10 5:05 AM

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.

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VIDEO: 2010 Mobile Technology Year in Review

By JDavis | 12/16/10 7:12 AM

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.

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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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Banking Malware Moves From PCs to Mobile Phones

By JDavis | 10/5/10 6:27 AM

We've been blogging lately about the growing security threats facing mobile devices -- especially smartphones -- as sophisticated hackers move away from PCs, instead targeting the growing number of smart, connected portable devices.

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50 Arrests Made in Smartphone Spyware Probe

By JDavis | 7/7/10 8:54 AM

In sweeping raids conducted throughout the country last week, Romanian officials rounded up some 50 individuals accused of illegal espionage using an off-the-shelf product. Police have also arrested a 30-year old IT specialist accused of supplying the illegal software to suspects. According to Softpedia, he may have been reselling FlexiSPY, a product that advertises monitoring capabilities for a variety of smartphone platforms such as iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile.

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Jailbreak Your iPad

By JDavis | 5/4/10 8:08 AM

A mere month after its release, Apple's iPad can now easily be "jailbroken" using readily available tools. The jailbreaking process became popular as a way for users to hack their own iPhones in order to control previously limited aspects of the device such as home screen backgrounds, installation of third party apps and modem tethering to PCs. Although the jailbreak process essentially voids the device's warranty, some users will prefer the added tweak-ability of their jailbroken iPads to Apple's proprietary software.

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