Today the BBC broke news of a staggering development in the world of smart phone / contactless technology. In short, unscrupulous hackers and the criminal fraternity have managed to exploit a weakness in the means by which Apple’s i-Phone, Blackberry, and Android handsets connect with wi-fi or ‘open networks’. The end result is that these particular devices may broadcast personal data, often in the course of normal social media interactions using i.e. Facebook and Twitter, which can be viewed by a third parties. Scary stuff indeed! This is what a BBC spokesperson had to say on the issue:
“The main lesson must be how insecure you can be if you sit in a public place and go online using an open network. I’d heard about Firesheep, a tool demonstrated recently as a warning of the dangers of open networks and unencrypted cookies. But sitting and watching as your entire life – or rather your social-networking life – is laid bare is very sobering.”
Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Correspondent
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First published at BBC Online: 08:40 UK time, Tuesday, 23 November 2010
UPDATE: (November 07, 2011) BBC News reports that malware attacks on UK andriod APPs, and smartphone fraud in general is up a staggering 800% since this time last year!!!! The shape of things to come – who knows, perhaps?