A recent article in Network World outlines the potential security threats of smart phones.  The article explains how, much like flash drives (or thumb drives, whichever term you prefer), mobile phones can be used to potentially spread malware when plugged into a USB port for syncing or charging.

Compromised phones will infect computers they may plug into for otherwise legitimate reasons, much the same way malware such as Stuxnet found its way onto laptops via thumb drives, according to the "Emerging Cyber Threats Report 2012" released at the Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit 2011"

The report warns that "mobile phones will be a new on-ramp to planting malware on more secure devices."

The article goes on to outline several other infosec threats posed by mobile phones as well.

For the full story, click here.

Written by Kanguru — October 31, 2012

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