Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rutgers Outsmarts the Smart Phones

Experiments by Rutgers University researchers show how your smart phones can be hacked. 

Using malware known as "rootkits," the researchers showed how a smart phone can be attacked. Rootkits attack a computer's operating system.
The researchers found the following:
  • The phone's microphone can be turned to eavesdrop.
  • A phone user's location can be tracked.
  • A phone's battery-draining apps can be turned on to kill the battery.
All of these things can happen without the phone owner knowing about it. 

The Rutgers researchers say they conducted the experiments to raise a red flag. The next step will be to work on defenses. (more) (video)

Can't wait to see what they will do with the new iPad and other tablets.