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|Report: Criminals Expected To Target Smartphones And Social Networks|
| 11:38 am on Apr 5, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Report: Criminals Expected To Target Smartphones And Social Networks [bbc.co.uk]
|Smartphones and social networking sites are likely to become the next big target for cyber criminals, according to a security industry report. |
|Users of Facebook, Twitter and Google's mobile operating system, Android, are said to be particularly vulnerable. |
However, the number of attacks remains small compared to other online crimes such as e-mail phishing.
According to Symantec, known vulnerabilities in mobile operating systems rose from 115 in 2009 to 163 in 2010.
|In several cases, the security holes were exploited and used to install harmful software on Android handsets - suggesting that criminals now view smartphone hacking as a potentially lucrative area . |
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