Mobile Devices New Target For Hackers

The security company McAfee says your cell phone will be the big target of scam artists in 2012.

"Mobile devices are far behind where PCs are from a security perspective," says Gary Davis of McAfee. His company says hackers will take advantage of that lack of security to get viruses into your phone and tablet and try to steal your personal data.

"They can put it into your device, and while you're doing a banking transaction, it could step in, capture the transaction, then take control of your bank and drain all of your money," Davis says.

Another trend expected in 2012 is a mash-up between the occupiers and high-tech hackers. McAfee calls it the rise of the "hacktivist."

"Hacktivists may take a major bank, do a denial of service attack for like an hour, while the occupiers are surrounding the bank and picketing," Davis says. "So we'll see more coordinated efforts between both the physical and the virtual, though hacktivism."

Davis says you should treat your mobile device like your home computer. Update your virus-fighting software, and be wary of emails, tweets, and other links that are from unfamiliar places.


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