Beyond the fact that radio frequencies can be listened to with Radio Shack parts - I'm not even talking NSA spycraft here - two reports out this week show that malware is present and accounted for on cell phones. Awesome, right? I mean, how long did that even take?
One article details how the IEEE has found that as many as 2000 free smartphone apps carry malware. Who says free is good?
Smartphones are a gateway to corporate information, email, data on applications, passwords and more.This is one more issue that corporate IT has to deal with.
Last week, an Android developer named Trevor Eckhart revealed that Carrier IQ had installed a rootkit on smartphones that logs user keystrokes. "The new video Eckhart released, however, shows that the software also reports the content of text messages and even logs encrypted web searches," reports TJS. There is no way to turn the software off either.
"If this flap doesn't make people wake-up to the need for better privacy laws regarding what information tech companies can collect without user permission, we're not sure what will."