Hackers Now Targeting Smartphones – Is Yours Next?

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Ah, technology!
It makes life so much easier…but also opens the door for privacy
intrusions you may have never dreamed about.

A case in point
is the ubiquitous “smartphone.” Your smartphone does everything
a personal computer can do, and more. Your smartphone sends and
receives e-mail, browses the Web, and takes pictures and movies.
Of course, it also functions as a cell phone, sending and receiving
phone calls and text messages.

However, most
smartphone users haven’t taken even the most basic precautions
to protect themselves from uninvited intruders. For instance, if
you have an Android phone, there’s a convenient feature that
allows you to retrieve you voice mails simply by having the voice
mailbox match your phone’s caller ID.

There’s
only one problem: it’s easy to spoof caller IDs using an application
like Spoofcard. Someone
using Spoofcard can call your voice mail service using your caller
ID and listen to your voice mail messages. The intruder can even
delete the messages before you have a chance to listen to them.
It’s easy to assign your voice mailbox a password, but many
Android users apparently don’t bother with this precaution.

But of all
smartphones, it’s the ubiquitous iPhone that’s probably
most vulnerable to intrusion, especially if it’s lost or stolen
– or if you’re arrested. On the iPhone 3G a thief –
or cop – can recover all your “keystrokes,” e-mail,
phone calls, voicemails, even your deleted messages. And while this
data is supposedly encrypted, all of it is recoverable without typing
in your passphrase. (Click here
to see how to do it.) The iPhone 4 is supposedly more secure; apparently
Apple is taking this vulnerability seriously.

Perhaps the
most secure smartphone is the Blackberry. It’s so secure, in
fact, that governments worldwide are demanding that the Blackberry’s
manufacturer, Research in Motion, make it easier to monitor. If
you’re concerned about smartphone security – buy a Blackberry!

October
28, 2010

Mark Nestmann is a journalist with more than 20
years of investigative experience and is a charter member of The
Sovereign Society's Council of Experts. He has authored over a dozen
books and many additional reports on wealth preservation, privacy
and offshore investing. Mark serves as president of his own international
consulting firm, The Nestmann Group, Ltd. The Nestmann Group provides
international wealth preservation services for high-net worth individuals.
Mark is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (member
of subcommittee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, Committee
on Taxation) and member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in international
tax law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business
Administration.

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