Thursday, January 14, 2010

Smartphones will be the next prime target for the bad guys

BlackBerry Messenger Hoax is a sign of more to come for smartphones

Security software vendor McAfee is warning social networking fans -- particularly those who like to access their accounts and instant messaging applications through their smartphones -- that hackers will increasingly target them for a variety of scams and hoaxes as the popularity of these mobile devices continues to explode.

This week, McAfee Labs researchers debunk a new BlackBerry-borne hoax in a
blog posting by security researcher Oliver Devane.

The unsolicited message sent via BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), warns the user that his or her account will be hacked if the user accepts a new contact. Worse, it claims that if one of the user's existing contacts accepts this new contact, the user's account information will be hacked.

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