It Has Been Said That a Smartphone Is “a Microcomputer in Your Hand.” Discuss the Security Implications of This Statement. Most People Are Unaware That Their Cell Phones Are Just as Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks as Their

In: Computers and Technology

Submitted By JOEAWUKU
Words 2351
Pages 10
Case Study One
Read the following case and answer questions below.
How Secure Is Your Smartphone?
Have you ever purchased antivirus software for your iPhone, Android, or cell phone? Probably not. Many users believe that their iPhones and Androids are unlikely to be hacked into because they think Apple and Google are protecting them from malware apps, and that the carriers like Verizon and AT&T can keep the cellphone network clean from malware just as they do the land phone line system. (Telephone systems are “closed” and therefore not subject to the kinds of the attacks that occur on the open Internet.)
Phishing is also a growing smartphone problem. Mobile users are believed to be three times more likely to fall for scams luring them to bogus Web sites where they reveal personal data: Why? Because mobile devices are activated all the time, and small-screen formatting makes the fraud more difficult to detect.
So far there has not been a major smartphone hack resulting in millions of dollars in losses, or the breach of millions of credit cards, or the breach of national security. But with 74 million smartphone users in the United States, 91 million people accessing the Internet from mobile devices, business firms increasingly switching their employees to the mobile platform, consumers using their phones for financial transactions and even paying bills, the size and richness of the smartphone target for hackers is growing.
In December 2010, one of the first Android botnets, called “Gemini,” was discovered. The code was wrapped inside a legitimate Android app whose developers did not realize they were spreading malware. IPhones worldwide were hacked by a worm called “Rick Roll” used to create a botnet for stealing online banking information. In March 2011, Google discovered a botnet called DroidDream, code for which was found in 50 infected apps. Apple iPhones had a…...

Similar Documents

Smart Phone

...--->Just a couple of years ago the biggest software concern we had about our cellphone was whether or not it could play Snakes. Today, smartphones have become a popular target among hackers and malware producers. It is a high-reward business because most people are unaware that their cellphone is just as vulnerable to cyber attacks as their desktop computer. Think about all of the things that you do on your cellphone, and then imagine a worst case scenario we can keep our cellphones, and our data, safe. ---->The most obvious threat to the security of our smartphones is simply for the device to falls into the wrong hands. As silly as this sound, most cases of smartphone data theft begins with a lost or stolen phone. The first line of defense is common sense. Don't put your phone down in a public place, and don't leave it where it is easily grabbed. In short, treat your phone as you would your wallet. In case your phone does get snatched by a passing evildoer, the next step is to make sure that you have a secure screen lock. For Blackberry, iOS and Windows phones use a secure password. Something that's easily remembered, but not easily guessed. If it includes personal information such as your name, birthday or address it is not safe. For Android users, make sure that your unlock pattern is relatively complex and crosses over itself. If not, somebody can deduce your pattern from the repeated smudge marks on your screen....

Words: 255 - Pages: 2

Smart Phone Securities

...Smartphone Security Survey of U.S. consumers Sponsored by AVG Technologies Independently conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC Publication Date: March 2011 Ponemon Institute© Research Report Smartphone Security Survey of U.S. Consumers Ponemon Institute, March 2011 Part 1. Introduction Ponemon Institute is pleased to present the findings of the Smartphone Security Survey: A Study of U.S. Consumers sponsored by AVG Technologies. The goal of the research is to determine consumers’ perceptions about the potential privacy and security risks when using their smartphones. In addition, we wanted to learn if participants in our study care about these risks and if they take security precautions. We surveyed 734 consumers who are 18 years and older and own a smartphone. The risks that we address in our survey concern location tracking, transmission of confidential payment without the user’s knowledge or consent, diallerware (specialized malware unique to smartphones), spyware, viruses from insecure WiFi networks and others. What we learned is that most of the consumers in our study are using their smartphones without understanding that they are exposing their sensitive information to the risks listed above. We also believe the findings of this study signal a potential security risk for organizations because so many consumers surveyed use their smartphones for both business and personal use. With business confidential information stored on these smartphones, organizations......

Words: 7043 - Pages: 29

Blackjacking Security

... Blackjacking Security Threats to BlackBerry® Devices, PDAs, and Cell Phones in the Enterprise Daniel Hoffman Wiley Publishing, Inc. Blackjacking Blackjacking Security Threats to BlackBerry® Devices, PDAs, and Cell Phones in the Enterprise Daniel Hoffman Wiley Publishing, Inc. Blackjacking: Security Threats to BlackBerrys, PDAs, and Cell Phones in the Enterprise Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc. 10475 Crosspoint Boulevard Indianapolis, IN 46256 Copyright © 2007 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana Published simultaneously in Canada ISBN: 978-0-470-12754-4 Manufactured in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise, except as permitted under Sections 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act, without either the prior written permission of the Publisher, or authorization through payment of the appropriate per-copy fee to the Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, (978) 750-8400, fax (978) 646-8600. Requests to the Publisher for permission should be addressed to the Legal Department, Wiley Publishing, Inc., 10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46256, (317) 572-3447, fax (317) 572-4355, or online at Limit of Liability/Disclaimer of Warranty: The publisher and the author......

Words: 83592 - Pages: 335

Mobile Phone Reliability and Security

...Mobile Phone Reliability and Security EMP5169 Mobile Phone Reliability and Security EMP5169 Haotian Zhang 7436928 Haotian Zhang 7436928 Table of Contents Abstract 2 1. Introduction 2 2. Mobile Phone Security Issues. 3 3. Mobile Threats and Vulnerabilities 6 3.1. Mobile threats 6 3.2. Web-based Threats 8 3.3. Network-Based Threats 9 3.4. Physical Threats 10 3.5. Mobile Vulnerabilities 11 4. Protection Method And Corresponding Vulnerabilities 13 5. Conclusion 17 6. Reference 18 Abstract Mobile phones especially smart phones have played an important role in nowadays business work. They are one of the most popular platform for people to transfer and exchange data for communication. With the development of technologies, now mobile phones also get involved in area like banking, remote control, m-commerce, internet access, entertainment and medical usage. However, there are more and more security issues along with the smart phone development. It is necessary to find a reliable and convenient way to prevent mobile phones from unauthorized access and diverse attacks. It is suggested that biometrics security technology is best way nowadays and the reliability of wireless services should be improved. This article will introduce many kind of threats and vulnerabilities which affect the mobile phones followed by a biometrics solution to secure the mobile phones. Introduction Mobile phones are booming since 21th century, with global...

Words: 3521 - Pages: 15

Cyber Security

...Research Paper – Cyber Security From the growing use of smart phones to access the Internet to rogue employees in the workplace, the threat of cyber terrorism is increasingly on the minds of C-suite executives. At a recent conference sponsored by the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation, security experts addressed the threats, the exposures and the legal issues and best practices to bolster cyber defenses. Virginia Bauer, CEO of East Rutherford-based security company GTBM, explained that many people, like herself, first became familiar with security threats on 9-11(Bauer's husband was killed in the attacks and she has since been a 9-11 families advocate). "To combat the threat, better private and public partnerships are needed to develop solutions, something the 9-11 Commission recommended," she explained. GTBM's main product is Info-Corp(TM), a system that conducts real-time identification checks, scanning local, state, and federal National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databases, the Federal Terrorist Screening Watch List and all 50 states' motor vehicle databases. The identification checks are important to companies because the biggest cyber threat to businesses can be its employees. "Most cyber attacks happen internally," Bauer said. "The people who can be the most threatening to you are sitting in your offices, or are your consultants and vendors." Govi Rao, chairman of the New Jersey Technology Council and president and CEO of Noveda Technologies (a......

Words: 527 - Pages: 3

Cyber Security

...System Administrators are the ones responsible for ensuring computers work in the business world. Along with that responsibility, comes the accountability when the operating systems (OS) fail to meet business needs. Maintaining the security of e-commerce and business processes is a major concern for system administrators. Protecting the operating systems is the main component when it comes to shielding all the information systems. The software scripts of the OS are what enable network devices, servers and desktops to communicate as a whole. OS is the glue that keeps all the files, hardware, and software together. The OS role includes managing files, processing controls of computer programs, and serving as GUI between the computer and user. With all the responsibility an OS is bound to have weaknesses. Typically, security vulnerabilities are usually rooted from glitches/bugs in the scripts that run beneath the OS. The most commonly used OS are Unix, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows. With Windows being the leading OS, security patches have to be downloaded constantly. With out identifying a specific OS, there are advantages and disadvantages that can be implemented to protect the OS. Advantages of Securing OS Mitigating internal security threats is a common practice that should have a plan of action to protect business systems as a whole. Securing the physical hardware; servers, consoles routers etc. is essential. The actual system it self should be physically protected and......

Words: 2482 - Pages: 10


...are a wide range of vulnerabilities and malicious maneuvering rising up against them. The future of these emerging technologies brings with them a complex set of security issues and policy concerns, which need to be precisely balanced in order to protect national interest and personal and private security. As theses technologies are developed and made practical for effective use by the U.S. military and private use, policy development and governance must keep pace. Keywords: Cybersecurity, IT Governance, Cybersecurity Innovations, Emerging Technologies, Bionics, Smart Technologies Introduction Most electronic technologies depend on a wide range of information technologies, Wi-Fi and many cases the Internet to relay critical data. Devices built with information technologies, requires remote validation or operation and is based on security protocol to protect them are vulnerable to manipulation and compromise attacks. Is the level of built in securities going to be enough to secure the trust between human users and machines, protect against rogue insider threats and nation-state conflicts worldwide? Will there be enough protection to ensure there is no lost in privacy? Since the 1970’s much work has been done by private industry and government, which has led to some key industrial and medical transformations. Or what is being call smart technology today. Smart technologies have revolutionized the United States......

Words: 2506 - Pages: 11

It Has Been Said That the Management Task Is Akin to the Process of ‘Releasing the Energy of the Atom for Constructive Human Ends’… Critically Discuss This Statement with Reference to Relevant Theory and Research.

...Motivation: It has been said that the management task is akin to the process of ‘releasing the energy of the atom for constructive human ends’… Critically discuss this statement with reference to relevant theory and research. 1. Introduction Motivation in administration portrays routes in which administrators advance benefit in their representatives. Regularly, individuals confound the thought of "upbeat" representatives with "roused" workers. These may be connected, yet inspiration really portrays the level of longing workers feel to perform, paying little mind to the level of bliss. Representatives who are satisfactorily persuaded to perform will be more gainful, more connected with and feel more put resources into their work. At the point when representatives feel these things, it helps them, and consequently their chiefs, be more fruitful. The definition for the statement ‘releasing the energy of the atom for constructive human ends’ means motivation is viewed as the most imperative and the most troublesome capacity in the administration process. No other administration capacity including arranging, choice making, authoritative conduct or controlling pulled in that much attention It is a head's business to goad specialists to complete their occupations well. So how do executives do this? The answer is inspiration in organization, the technique through which administrators urge delegates to be beneficial and convincing. Motivation is a complex sensation. A......

Words: 4139 - Pages: 17

Cyber Attacks

...Cyber Attacks on the Government’s Transportation Grid Breaches and Security Implications by Penetration of the Western Interconnection’s  Traffic Control System and its Effects on Modern Day Life  Year after year, a number of films are released involving computer hacking of some sort along with cyber-villainy. As entertaining as they are, the validity of these possibilities is not explored. Many of these films center revolve around a chaotic vehicle-related scene where a form of the government’s transportation grid is compromised. The breach typically involves traffic control. As the stoplights and streetlights are in a state known as gridlock, external hackers usually make the situation as unruly as humanely plausible. However, the very nature of this unfortunate scenario can only be determined once the backgrounds of the systems that control it are thoroughly studied.  The contiguous United States is divided into three main alternating current power grids.  The Western Interconnected System, or Western Interconnection, is the one applicable to those  of us living in California. The electric utilities functioning in this region are tied together,  operating at 60Hz. While the grid is currently electrically powered, research by the National  Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado indicates the Western Interconnection can  handle higher levels of renewable energy, in a quest to implement alternative energy sources. If  integrated correctly, the NREL......

Words: 3038 - Pages: 13

Cyber Security

...6 20 Cyber crime:Law Enforcement And E-Government Transnational Issues Individ ual Assignment #1 Leggett,Ronnell 3/3/13 2 Table Of Content Introduction ................................................................. 3-5 Current Government Interventions/ Methods............. 5-7 linpact/Effects .............................................................. 7-8 Private Industry Rcsponsibilit)' ............................... 8-9 Conclusion ........................................................................ 9-10 Reference Page ........................................................... 11 3 Introd uction Over the last several years we have witnessed many changes and transformations occur in tcclmology including advances in phone. television, and compu ter comm unication outlets. Being able to use and ma nipulate technology has now become an essential part of everyday lifo, this is especiall y important with the use of the World Wide Web and the plentiful resources it has to offer. With these new advances of technology we often find an apparent generation gap where more and more Americans arc born into new technology \'1hi lc others arc still trying lo figure it ou t. Most impo11 y. with these tech nological advances. crime has adapted to thi s new age as antl well. Consumers are pu t at new and higher risks when purchasi ng goods (Baker. 2006). Several decades ago the crimes reported by the news w1::re of a physical natu......

Words: 2550 - Pages: 11

Mobile Security Threats

...information sharing and even business transactions is exchanged on mobile devices such as laptop computers, palmtops, tablet computers, smartphones and cell phones. The new age group of young people have never known a life without a mobile device with internet capabilities. Mobile Devices are an integral part of personal and social lives it is only logical that users should have awareness of security during the use of mobile devices. Individuals and organisations have both been beneficiaries on the rapid expansion of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Inevitably however, these offerings by mobile devices also bring about security vulnerabilities which users in Thohoyandou are not aware of. According to Lookout principal security analyst Marc Rogers, 2013, following simple precautions like sticking to the Google Play Store can ensure the security of a mobile device. This is rather not always the case as hackers and crackers make use of trustful applications to distribute malware. This study intends to outline security vulnerabilities and deliver clear recommendations on essential security technologies and practices to help mobile device users in Thohoyandou. Correct misconceptions or myths in order to bring about changes in attitudes and usage behaviour. INTRODUCTION The internet has transformed South Africa in just a drastic time, almost anything we see touch visualize is somehow connected to the internet. With systems that create,......

Words: 2908 - Pages: 12

Cyber Security and Its Challenges to Society

...------------------------------------------------- Cyber security and its challenges to society Final Project Report Group Members Abdul Majid Qayyum Umair Arshad Hasnat Ahmed Gulraiz Shabbir Contents Introduction: 3 Why is cyber security important? 4 The Impact of Cyber Security 5 The Cultural Impact 5 The Official Impact 5 The Solution Impact 5 Defining Cyber Security 6 Technology & Modern Life 6 What is Cyberspace? 6 What is Cyber Warfare? 6 Cyber is not Hype 7 What Cyber Security Isn’t 7 Cyber-crime 8 Types of Cyber-crimes 8 Hacking: 8 Theft: 8 Cyber Stalking: 9 Identity Theft: 9 Malicious Software: 9 Child soliciting and Abuse: 9 Cyber Bullying 10 Causes of Cyber-crime 10 History of Cyber-crime 10 Cyber-crime in Modern Society 11 Categories of Cyber-crime 11 Individual: 12 Property: 12 Government: 12 How to Tackle Cyber-crime 12 RECENT SURVEY ISSUES ON CYBER SECURITY TRENDS 14 Mobile Devices and Apps 14 Social Media Networking 14 Cloud Computing 14 Protect systems rather Information 15 New Platforms and Devices 15 Everything Physical can be Digital 15 Survey Questions 16 Conclusion 16 Cyber Security and its Challenges to Society Introduction: Over the past several years, experts and policy makers have expressed increasing concerns about protecting internet from cyber-attacks—deliberate attempts by unauthorized persons to access. Many experts expect the number and severity of cyber-attacks to increase over the next several......

Words: 3707 - Pages: 15

How Will the Advancement of Cyber Security Affect Communication on Social Media?

...selected a Cyber Security topic because it is a big concern for me how my information (the data) is stored online. This is a topic that everybody worries about because nobody knows where the cloud is or who has access to it. It seems to me that every week there are new headlines about hackers bringing an organization to its knees by doing things such as stolen funds, bad publicity, and embarrassing revelations that are on the front page news. Then I ask myself, how can we protect ourselves from these issues? I guess the best protection is for both ends to implement plans and procedures or maybe the best way to demonstrate the needs for those procedures is to perform a Cyber Security audit and implement the resulting recommendations. Moreover, work in conjunction with IT departments can ensure that implementing the resulting recommendations will make both sides of the social media communication more secure. Like most criminals, hackers look for easy targets. If your media has simple security issues that are easy to exploit, hackers will dive right in. If your infrastructure is strong on your end, hackers will become frustrated and move on to the next easy mark. Furthermore, in these days it is almost impossible to be in an online business with an organization that does not collect or hold personal identifying information like names, addresses, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other account numbers. So, how comprehensive is Cyber Security if it......

Words: 2159 - Pages: 9

Cyber Security

...Cyber security is a critical and growing issue in the world today. President Obama said this issue is, "one of the most serious economic and national security threats our nation faces" (Cybersecurity). The United States is one of the most computer dependent societies and has the most computer dependent military and intelligence agencies. With more and, more of our country being ran by technology we are at a bigger risk of attack. A cyber attack could be the most devastating attack our country has ever faced. An attack on America’s cyber infrastructure could cripple the country and put us at an even greater risk of a normal attack. FBI Director said “Counterterrorism — stopping terrorist attacks — with the FBI is the present number one priority. But down the road, the cyber threat, which cuts across all FBI programs, will be the number one threat to the country” (Paganini). The message is clear the cyber security threat we are facing today is a dangerous and growing threat that has serious offensive potential and is often difficult to detect or prevent. An attack on a nation’s critical infrastructure can be devastating and when you add the fact that cyber attacks often do not make themselves know until it is to late could make for a devastating first strike prior to an invasion. Cyber security is defined as measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack. The term “cyber security threat”......

Words: 2041 - Pages: 9


...Information Management Analysis and Design – Assignment Name: Pratap badikinti 1. It has been said that a Smartphone is “a microcomputer in your hand.” Discuss the security implications of this statement. Most people are unaware that their cell phones are just as vulnerable to cyber attacks as their laptops or desktops. Today, Smartphones have become most popular target among hackers and malware producers. The most common threat to the security of our cell phones is simply for the device to fall into wrong hands. Data theft begins with lost or stolen phones in most cases. Thus, we have to be very careful and thoughtful as how we carry, where we place them while in public places for someone to easily grab or steal them. Due to increase in data theft through cell phones, Blackberry, iOS and Windows phones use a secure password feature to secure the data in our cell phones. And its our responsibility to use this feature and secure our passwords that they are not easily guessed or broken but are relatively complex. Similar to every computer or laptop, a strong password alone is not enough to protect our data/information, need an strong software to help us recover the lost or stolen data and to wipe it if one is unable to retrieve. In the same way our cell phones too need a line of software that will help to turn off the phone’s screen and disable it when the password input is incorrect, preventing an attacker......

Words: 791 - Pages: 4