Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two Cell Phone Eavesdropping Attacks Reported

 • Security firm Cryptography Research showed how it's possible to eavesdrop on any smartphone or tablet PC as it is being used to make a purchase, conduct online banking or access a company's virtual private network.

• Researchers at security firm McAfee, a division of chipmaker Intel, highlighted several ways to remotely hack into Apple iOS, the operating system for iPads and iPhones.

McAfee's research team remotely activated microphones on a variety of test devices and recorded conversations taking place nearby. They also showed that it's possible to steal secret keys and passwords, and pilfer sensitive data, including call histories, e-mail and text messages.

"This can be done with absolutely no indication to the device user," says Ryan Permeh, McAfee's principal security architect. (more)