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Report: Criminals Expected To Target Smartphones And Social Networks

   
11:38 am on Apr 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

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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 .