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Few smartphones would be safe from cyber attacks



According to the company Alcatel-Lucent, 16 million people were victims of malicious mobile software in 2014

Few smartphones would be safe from cyber attacks




Smartphones can become the favorite target of future hackers can take advantage of the negligence and innocence of users to manage their phone.

'The mobile market is governed by innovation and focuses mainly on the development of new functionalities related to marketing rather than security and respect for privacy,' analyzes James Lyne, responsible for overall security company Sophos.

Interviewed by AFP during the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015), Lyne responsible manufacturers insufficient consumer awareness, of which only 40% use a PIN code.

Introducing the Galaxy S6 Sunday in Barcelona, ​​Samsung insisted on his appearance in the wireless recharging or the quality of your camera but just referred to your virus protection.

For Tanguy de Coatpont, CEO of Kaspersky Lab France, 'we live with smartphones that we experience with computers 15 years ago'
Few smartphones would be safe from cyber attacks

'More and more security problems because with his power become small computers permanently connected,' he adds.

The most recent study of this company specializing in antivirus shows that 28% of users ignore most or all of the malicious mobile software, which helps hackers.

Even more surprising it is that 26% of respondents were aware of the risks but not of concern. This irresponsibility has become in the last two years to smartphones in desirable objectives from hackers.

According to the company Alcatel-Lucent, 16 million people have been victims of these attacks in 2014.

'We are in growth by volume sometimes exceeding 400% between quarter and quarter,' although a long way from the figures vendors with the attacks on computers, said David Grout, director for Southern Europe Intel Security.

'It is a vector of risk increasingly important because hackers have at their fingertips many personal information (...) mainly financial,' he adds.

Few insurance models

The latest mobile phones are not designed from a security perspective, with the rare exception of a model like the blackphone 2 presented Monday at Barcelona.

Like its predecessor, released in 2014, this smartphone theoretically protects its owner from cyber attacks and surveillance of spy agencies.

For $ 600, the last mobile company Silent Circle helps you make calls or send encrypted messages to a classic smartphone. It works in the same market as the BlackBerry, especially targeting companies.

These must face further hacking because the devices their employees are not protected.

In this market, the French group CS Communication et Systèmes presented in Barcelona one based on a micro-SD card to be inserted in the terminal to protect conversations and solution memory data transfers.

'Attacks occur mainly on Android, a very open platform that dominates more than 80% of the market,' tell De Coatpont.

But IOS, the operating system of Apple, considered safer than Google, is not immune.

'The last month in the UK, the iPhone version of the application Grindr gay encounters was hacked,' reveals Sean Sullivan, a researcher at F-Secure. Hackers have that victims do not report their activities to avoid revealing his sexual orientation, he says.

'It would take a virus so powerful as the 2013 cryptolocker see the light in a mobile version to create an impact on public opinion,' tell Sullivan regarding this malware born in Russia.

This virus restricted access to part of the computer system and asked the owner to ransom it back. Now you can also affect the phones.

Even paying, their victims had a very small chance of recovering your data.

For now, experts recommend installing antivirus that control traffic on the Internet and download applications only on official platforms.


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