Security Alert: Beware of SMS Messages That Can Take Control of Your Phone

April 20, 2009 by John Messina, Phys.org weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- Trust Digital has proven that an attacker with the right knowledge and toolkits can remotely hijack a phone by sending an SMS message to it. The attack would be most effective if it took place in the middle of the night while you are asleep.

The attack, on your phone, would start by receiving a that would automatically start up the and direct it to malicious Web site. The site would then download an executable file to the phone and steal all your personal data.

The following video demonstrates this:

These attacks are real and can originate from any where in the world. Trust Digital recently announced software called EMM 8.0 that can help organizations protect employee phones from these types of attacks.

For detailed information about EMM 8.0 software, please visit the Trust Digital Web site.

© 2009 PhysOrg.com

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superhuman
5 / 5 (3) Apr 20, 2009
Hackers in your phone, stealing your data, buy our software now!

Trust Digital probably developped those hacks (if they are even real) so they can scare people into buying their software.

This could have been an interesting article if it provided all the crucial details like which phones are vulnerable, how the manufacturers reacted and how to download a patch. As it is this is just an ad for this shitty company which want's to profit from this vulnerability and peoples fear, too bad physorg posts such crap.
earls
1 / 5 (2) Apr 20, 2009
Yet another Microsoft security success story.
Arn
not rated yet Apr 22, 2009
I agree this is just a marketing ploy. But what does Microsoft have to do with the issue? Earls, haven't had your MS-bashing fix for today yet?
earls
not rated yet Apr 26, 2009
"DUR DUR DUR WAT DUZ MACROSOFT HAF TWO DEW WIF DIS?!!"

EdP said it all.
knobface
not rated yet Aug 07, 2009
yeh thats funny as ...but i think this could happen guys ...u now wat u do ? u just dont buy the software and wait until it happens then .... then u start complianing
ubiquitous
not rated yet Aug 23, 2009
No...not my personal information! Is no contact list safe? ....Fear certainly has many shoving fuel into its furnace of oppression.

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