mobile phone spyware

A few days ago, an application named 'SMS Replicator Secret' was pulled out of the Android market. Like many other spyware of its kind, it silently forwarded incoming SMS messages to a configurable phone number, the official idea being to spy on your girlfriend. I don't like these types of 'applications' (women solidarity? next time advertise it as spying your boyfriend ;), even if they are meant as jokes, because one day they will end up in the wrong hands and do much more damage than expected. The recent Zitmo malware is a perfect illustration... [Read More]
by RSS Axelle Apvrille  |  Nov 12, 2010  |  Filed in: Security Research
If smart phones were human, we would most probably compare them to assistants - you know, those organized persons we rely on to cope with our own lack of memory and who will remind us of any important meeting and never lose any valuable phone number. Others would perhaps compare them to close friends to whom one can tell secrets (your bank PIN ?) or with whom one shares a few holiday or family pictures. It looks like few of us consider the betrayal of such a close friend, turning him/her into our worst enemy. Yet, this is exactly what mobile phone... [Read More]
by RSS Axelle Apvrille  |  Oct 27, 2009  |  Filed in: Security Research