Spotlighting Security Threats to Mobile Devices

People are increasingly using their mobile phones for tasks previously performed by a computer. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that cyber bad guys are turning their attention to the devices.

This year’s Black Hat conference, an annual gathering where security professionals show off the latest and greatest in hacking techniques and computer vulnerabilities, will for the first time feature an entire track on threats to mobile devices. Among the topics to be discussed Thursday are techniques for crashing an iPhone, and how to use SMS–the protocol used for text messages–to take over someone’s mobile phone.

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