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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  • by DReagan Location: grifton on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    what are some measures that other readers and myself can utilize to protect ourselves?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal, unfortunately on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    On top of having antivirus, I don't use my mobile for banking. That's just common sense.
  • by Do What on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    The only hackers aren the ones that you willingly give up your information to ( e.g., Google,mobile apps,etc.) Especially Google,they or their spy software, Carrier IQ stole almost all of my pictures and videos.To this day T-Mobile deny any part in it.Do your research and learn the truth about the real scammers your mobile carriers and Google.

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