5 recent hacks that show smartphones are more vulnerable than we thought
- Hackers are increasingly targeting mobile users, with a series of attacks targeting smartphone carriers and software in recent months.
- Many of the hacks are undetectable, but this information could help you rule out whether you've been a possible target, and shield your device from future hacks.
- Specific hacks targeted iPhones, Android phones, and everything in between.
With news of a major hack breaking almost every week this year, it can be hard to keep track of whether your data is safe.Hackers have targeted mobile devices with increasing frequency, aiming to track users' activity, steal their data, or trick users into disclosing sensitive information for financial gain.Advertisement
Most of the attacks are specific to a smartphone's operating system, carrier, or a specific app, so in some cases it's possible to rule yourself out as a potential hacking victim.
If that's not possible, your best bet may be to monitor your device closely for unusual activity and contact your provider to check whether your smartphone has been compromised.Here's a rundown of recent smartphone hacks, and what we know about who might be affected.
SimJacker: Malware that infiltrates your phone with a text message.
Phishing attacks bait Android users with text messages.Advertisement
Android devices were vulnerable to an attack that launches if owners watch a video.
A “watering hole” attack infiltrated iPhones that visited certain websites.Advertisement
Hackers used a WhatsApp exploit to install malware on iPhones and Androids.
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