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New security threat against users of smartphones?

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New security threat against users of smartphones?
While most of us just take for granted the security of our smartphone communications and the safety of the data that we build up on the phone's native memory, some scientists are saying that malware called "rootkits" can turn your smartphone into a eavesdropping tool, listening in on meetings, private conversations and more. At the same time, the battery on your phone can be drained to make your phone inoperable. The travels of the owner can be discovered and any personal data on the phone can be compromised. Scientists at Rutgers were able to recreate these events.  Vinod Ganapathy, Assistant Professor of computer science in Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences, said, “Smart phones are essentially becoming regular computers. They run the same class of operating systems as desktop and laptop computers, so they are just as vulnerable to attack by malicious software or malware." Professor Liviu Iftode added, "What we’re doing today is raising a warning flag. We’re showing that people with general computer proficiency can create rootkit malware for smart phones. The next step is to work on defenses.” The findings are expected to be presented at the International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications.

source: TheHindu

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. Steven58 (Posts: 80; Member since: 25 Nov 2009)

oh my...here we go!

posted on 24 Feb 2010, 02:19

2. grech03 (Posts: 13; Member since: 24 Feb 2010)

I have a antivirus application on my Droid. Not sure if it really protects me but its free so why not. I would be pissed if someone tracked my key stores and had all my logins to everything.

posted on 24 Feb 2010, 06:04

3. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

You've gotta be kidding me! You're never safe these days...

posted on 24 Feb 2010, 10:28

4. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)

SWEET!! NORTON MOBILE alerts every day telling me to renew for $50!!!

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