Is Your Cellphone Protected?

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I heard recently from Symantec that cellphone hackers are coming out of Russia and China and that the target has been European and Asian  Android users.  But it appears this is all about to change.  Americas beware!  

What kind of hacking are we talking about here?  In this case I am not just referring to the rogue hacker trolling around malls and using a wireless device to access your cellphone while you innocently shop.  But something much more lethal and which in a matter of nano seconds can infect hundreds of thousands of cellphones.  Now, I don’t want to take anything away from you lot that have had to change bank accounts, move email accounts and spend a fortune clearing up their identity theft because of the aforementioned theft because it happened to a friend of mine. The hacking I am referring to can steal a companies Intellectual Property, access millions of files of personal data and cause havoc like you have never seen before.

According to IBM Security 84% of mobile users use their smartphones for work.  And between 2010 and 2011 the amount of mobile malware increased four times.  This is just the beginning.

Companies should be doubly aware of this and consider how much their Intellectual Property is at stake.  Just like an employees computer getting hacked, employees mobiles are now just as vulnerable.  

So what are companies doing about it?  It’s difficult to say until the States gets swept with mobile hacking.  Any company needs to know how much data their employee is accessing on their own network.  A company also needs to ensure their employees are trained in reducing risky online behaviors even on their phones.  And every company should be looking very carefully at security applications for all their mobile technology.  That is just the tip of the iceberg.  After comes us and that will take a whole lot of education.

And if you don’t know how easy it is to hack any cellphone enjoy this video from Bob Sullivan of NBC.

Oh Yeah!  You need Flash to watch this. Sorry iPhone and iPad users…

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