Mobile compromise: science fiction or reality?

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Marlow, UK – 1st June 2012 - Trend Micro, the global cloud security leader, today released a short film to raise awareness about the risks associated with our increasing use of smartphones.

Smartphones are now outselling PCs, with 850,000 Android devices activated every day, 70m iOS devices sold in the first three months of 2012, and over 35 billion apps downloaded by the end of 2011. Cyber criminals are increasingly focusing their attention on these devices for financial gain, through targeted, persistent attacks and by hiding malware in legitimate looking mobile apps.

The video features Rik Ferguson, Director of Security, Research and Communication, presenting a real-time hacking scenario which takes us behind the scenes as a cyber criminal looks to exploit his victims. The video shows how a simple app can transform a smartphone into an espionage tool in the hands of criminals - recording conversations, stealing text messages and spying on private meetings. It also details the dangers of downloading un-vetted applications from third party app stores. Unfortunately, users often leave their smartphones unprotected in the belief that they cannot fall victims to crime, making the hacker’s job even easier.

"Cyber criminals are looking for an easy way to make money and are targeting smartphones through the use of social engineering techniques in order to capture both personal and company confidential information”, said Ferguson.

As with most cybercrime today, smartphones infected with malware will not typically show signs of unusual activity. Here are some simple measures you should take in order to protect your smartphone:


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