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Experts: Smartphones another avenue for hackers

Tony Winton (via SMH) | May 16, 2013
Smartphones are increasingly popular not only with consumers, but also with thieves who see the devices as another way to tap into bank accounts and other sensitive information, experts say.

Today, he keeps his phone locked and changed to a brand that allows him to remotely erase phone data _ something he couldn't do with his old phone.

Several manufacturers are planning new "biometric" technology, such as fingerprint scanners, that can make phones more secure. But even with those safeguards, consumer behavior can still lead to danger.

Vikram Thakur, principal security response manager for security software giant Symantec, said attackers can get complete control of a phone simply by getting people to click on a link. Without actually having the phone in their hands, the hackers can access messages, phone calls and personal information.

"The amount of information we're storing on mobile phones these days kind of incentivizes the attackers to go after the platform," he said.


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