The era of mobile security has begun officially this February 2011. Some downright outrageous security flaws are being exposed for our growing fleet of mobile electronic devices such as Smart Phones and iPads. For the first time ever we posted two articles about security issues with substantial mobile security implications on our Facebook page:
Either one of those articles by themselves would have huge implications in the security of mobile devices, but the startling thing is that there are others popping up in the last 24 hours as well, and that is what compelled me to write this article for the Managed Solutions blog.
HongTouTou Android Trojan
A Chinese localized (targeting Chinese language users) Trojan emerged for the Android platform this week. The Trojan rode onto unsuspecting users via Android App marketplaces and forums.
$2,000 worth of equipment can extract Crypto Keys from Mobile Device Signals
Threatpost did an amazing job of describing a problem with how Cryptography is implemented on mobile devices. The problem results in the ability to actually capture and mimic the cryptographic key that could be for say your mobile phones payment system. This is particularly important because a lot of people see mobile as having a bright future in the payment arena.
iPhone Hacked and Passwords Stolen in Six Minutes
Fraunhofer has a video and press release demonstrating the ability to hack an iPhone and recover passwords in just 6 minutes. You don’t have to be an information security professional to realize that this is not good news for iPhone or iPad users that store anything of sensitive nature on their devices. Here is the video if you’re interested: