(Victor Valley)–Seven percent of all smartphone users were victim of identity theft, a one-third higher incidence than the general public. With banks and merchants heightening their security, hackers are looking for easier targets.
The hackers’ response has been to skip the middleman and go directly to consumers, who have proven to be much more vulnerable. Android devices specifically have been targeted because hackers have a relatively easy time maneuvering through the open platform. The Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a invaded Android devices in 2010, becoming the first malicious piece of malware to spread among smartphones, jacking up users phone bills by covertly sending text messages to premium rate numbers.
McAfee, an industry leader in computer security, is developing a program that warns of possible threats by analyzing “permissions” sought by an app from your device. In other words, apps soliciting information that doesn’t pertain to their function will be flagged.
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