Smartphones targeted by cybercriminals

Mobile phone users are being warned about an increase in criminal activity as smartphones become targets for Trojan viruses. The scams mirror those seen in the days of dial-up internet access, when unbeknown to the user they would inadvertently call premium rate lines, only discovering this when they received their extortionate phone bill. The BBC has been speaking to security software developers, who claim similar activity is now becoming more common with smartphones.


A common scam appears to be people receiving messages from porn sites, urging the user to click on a link or watch a video clip. The message is in fact mobile malware and will steal from you by making premium-rate calls or messages, thus building up your phone bill, which in turn the criminal will make a percentage from.


To read the full story from the BBC, click here.

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