Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Security researcher shows how hackers spy on BlackBerry and other smartphones
Social engineering is used to trick smartphone users into downloading spyware that lets hackers listen to phone conversations, steal contact lists, read text messages

IPhone lovers and other smartphone users should take heed: A security researcher showed ways to spy on a BlackBerry user during a presentation at the Hack In The Box (HITB) conference Wednesday, including listening to phone conversations, stealing contact lists, reading text messages, taking and viewing photos, and figuring out the handset's location via GPS.

And ironically, Sheran Gunasekera, head of research and development at ZenConsult, said the BlackBerry is one of the most secure smartphones available -- in some ways better than the iPhone. "There is no technical way of hacking a BlackBerry, it's impossible," said Gunasekera, during a presentation at the Hack In The Box security conference in Kuala Lumpur. "It's just too secure for that. So we have to rely on social engineering."


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