You’ve got security installed on your home computer and your laptop. How about on your smart phone?
ProductReviews.net reports that a growing number of cyber criminals are targeting Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones through apps. Even reputable apps have Trojan copies — which criminals can use to take over a phone.
Most users don’t realize something is wrong until they get their monthly phone bill. Rik Ferguson of Trend Micro says these Trojan apps can send texts every minute at premium rates. But many users won’t know there’s a problem until its too late, because it all happens within the back-end infrastructure.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.