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Is Mobile the New Hacker Paradise?

Windows PCs are a huge hacker target for three reasons: there are a lot of them, the OS is big and vulnerable, and most hackers dislike Microsoft.

Now that mobile devices are in nearly every hand, and tablets are replacing netbooks as traveling devices, hackers are mining this fertile new territory, according to a recent report by Cisco.

Another reason behind the trend is that Windows is getting tougher to crack, and the new mobile devices are immature by comparison when it comes to security.

At the recent Black Hat conference, a researcher from the University of Luxembourg showed how to strike the iPhone with an overflow attack.

Are you worried about mobile hacking? Yesses and nos equally welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/24/2011 at 1:18 PM


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