Hackers Are After Your Smartphone

Mobile devices, stuffed with personal data, become juicy targets
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 1:01 PM CDT
In this April 18, 2007 file photo, a man checks his BlackBerry smartphone in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

(Newser) – Cyber criminals are beginning to devise ways to break into smartphones, an increasingly juicy source of personal information. Until recently, phones weren’t seen as worth hacking because they contained so little data, but as more and more people carry pocket-size PCs like the iPhone, the likelihood increases that hackers will try—and eventually succeed—in breaking in, experts tell the Independent.

For now, the waters are mostly safe. “We’re probably where PCs were ten years ago,” says one cybersecurity guru. “But at some point soon someone will develop a killer application that is very successful at hacking into phones and all the bad guys will take notice.” A recent study concluded that 60% of smartphones contain sensitive data, like bank log-in info, but only 7% have any protective software.