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June 11, 2007

They're Listening To Your Cellphone

Last month CNN warned of malware that is circulating that can be used to spy on you through your cellphone.

Almost always installed without the user's knowledge, snoopware can be introduced in a variety of ways - most commonly through short message service (SMS) or multimedia messaging service (MMS) sent between mobile phones. Information taken is transmitted to the user at the other end who triggered the snoopware infiltration for download and perusal.

While there are multiple legitimate, or at least legal, uses for the various snoopware programs available - doting parents and suspicious company managers, most notably - bad intentions abound when it comes to the newfangled nefarious systems.

"New malware is capable of monitoring activities on mobile devices, including phone calls, messages, and e-mails, and we view it as an invasion of users' privacy," said Neil Book, president of SMobile.

New snoopware can activate a microphone or cameraphone even if the device isn't being used at the time. That means that the user at the other end can listen in on conversations and extract all types of personal and corporate information, or even activate a camera that can survey the activities of the owner. The mobile-targeting snoopware also offers a view of contact lists, text messages, e-mails, passwords - you name it.

This sounds so incredible, almost hoax like, but it really is a possibility. However for the malware to work it'll have to be designed for your specific model phone and it's software.

Luckily most phones use completely different software. From carrirer to carrier they're different too. So, if you're using a popular model it is far more likely you could be infected with such malware. But if you're using a model that's not quite so popular, chances are you'll be safe from infection and any spying.

Look for the cell phone carriers like AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless to start offering antivirus solutions for your phones. But everyone should demand that it's provided without charge. After-all, the wireless carriers love to say that they're protecting their network whenever you want to use another carrier's phone. so now it's time to rub that BS excuse back in their face and demand they protect their network with anti-virus packages at their expense.

Posted in Computing & Tech News by usrbingeek at 2007-06-11 03:40 ET (GMT-5) | 2 Comments | Permalink


This is happening to me! I want to learn more! Please Help!

Posted by: Diana at December 19, 2007 08:51 PM

I agree. Otherwise AT&T can change their motto to
"Your world delivered: To the NSA."

Posted by: Dave Therio at December 22, 2007 03:12 PM

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