February 24, 2010

Researchers: Rootkits Work Nicely On Smartphones

Dark Reading looks at research into rootkits on smartphones. It shouldn't come as a big surprise to those who pay attention to security issues, but it is a class of attacks that could be quite dangerous. "In one test, the researchers showed how a rootkit could turn on a phone's microphone without the owner knowing it happened. In such a case, an attacker would send an invisible text message to the infected phone, telling it to place a call and turn on the microphone, such as when the phone's owner is in a meeting and the attacker wants to eavesdrop."
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