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Fake wi-fi hacks personal data from smartphones

You think your smartphone is secure? Think again.

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November 23, 2010 5:06 by



Smartphones have recently become an attractive target for hackers, as fake wi-fi allows them to steal personal data and log into private social networking accounts.

The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones and Tom Beale from security firm Vigilante Bespoke reveal how data can be stolen from a smartphone in less than five seconds, even if it is password-protected. Be afraid.



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  1. Keith Day on December 2, 2010 5:56 pm

    There isn’t a problem with WiFi security – the problem is that it is not bulit-in.

    3G hotspots, or femtocells, offer an alternative – same mobile broadband experience, but security comes as standard.

    I’ve blogged about it … http://ubiquisys.com/femtocell-blog/wifi-hotspot-smartphone-hack-an-opportunity-for-femtocells/

    It would be good to hear what others think of this stance.

     

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