Spying on conversations
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sophisticated mobile phone applications can enable hackers or other unscrupulous people to spy on the conversations, emails, and text messages of others.
Many options are available online for the would-be spy, covering most major makes and models of mobile handset. Some spyware applications even provide the option of turning infected phones into live microphones, giving users the ability to spy on real-life conversations as well. Others can infect cell phones without the phone ever leaving the victim’s possession.
Experts cited by New Orleans CNN affiliate WDSU say that cell phone users worried about spyware should carefully monitor their phones’ battery use and message inbox, as excessive power loss and strange text messages can be a sign that their phone is infected. If spies think they have been discovered, some products allow them to send specific text messages to the phone that will cause the spyware to erase itself in order to avoid detection.
Traditional spyware has been in decline recently, with the online malware market shifting strongly towards Trojans, worms, and many programs involved in phishing attacks.
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