“Cybercriminals can view data stored on the phone, including financial or personally identifiable information.”
Compared to iPhones, the open-source nature of Android phones is much more fragmented, the absence of consistent standards in terms of software development has exposed Android devices to a serious risk of corruption and data theft. Hacking on Android can be very harmful.
Cybercriminals can view data stored on the phone, including financial and personally identifiable information. Similarly, hackers can trace the location, check the phone by contacting quality websites or even spread the attack (via a malicious link contained in the message) to other contacts in the address book, who will not be suspicious of the link because it comes from a source. Note.
Law enforcement officers can hack warrant phones to store copies of messages and emails, transcribe private conversations, or track suspicious movements. Black hat hackers, on the other hand, can cause massive damage by logging into bank account credentials, deleting data, or inserting malicious program hosts.
Phone hackers take advantage of numerous computer hacking techniques, which can be adapted to Android without too much difficulty. The crime of phishing, which targets individuals or members of an organization and induces them to reveal sensitive data using social engineering, is a proven method for criminals. Compared to PCs, in fact, phones display a smaller address bar, which is why phishing on a mobile Internet browser makes it easier to forge a seemingly reliable website without noticing the subtle clues (for example, intentional spellings) that can be spotted on a desktop browser instead. It is then possible to receive an access request from the bank to solve an urgent problem but, by clicking on the appropriately provided link and entering the credentials in the form, you fall into the hacker trap.
Another crossover hacker threat for Android is Trojan-infected applications downloaded from unsafe marketplaces. The main Android app stores (Google and Amazon) pay close attention to third-party applications, however, the occasional penetration of malware from trusted sites can happen, which becomes more frequent in the cases of more suspicious sites. In this way, the mobile phone can be attacked by adware, spyware, ransomware and various other types of malware.
There are more sophisticated methods that do not require the user to click on a malicious link. Bluehacking accesses the phone via an unsecured Bluetooth network. It can also act by mimicking a trusted network or telephone antenna to redirect text messages or login sessions. An unattended phone without a security lock in a public place allows the hacker, in addition to the physical theft of the phone, the possibility of cloning the phone by copying the SIM card, which is basically equivalent to obtaining the owner’s house keys.
However, the hacking problem does not concern only Windows systems, Mac users are not immune to it.
For example, in 2017 a phishing campaign targeted Mac users, especially in Europe. Carried by a Trojan tagged with a valid Apple developer certificate, the hack acted by phishing credentials, displaying a warning screen for a major OS X system update awaiting installation. If successful, the criminals would gain full access to all of the victim’s communications and would be able to spy on everything on the browser, even in the case of HTTPS connections with the lock icon.
In addition to social engineering hacking on Macs, occasional hardware defects can also generate vulnerabilities, as in the case of the Meltdown and Specter flaws, reported by The Guardian in early 2018. Apple has intervened by developing methods of protection against the flaw. however advising users to download software only from trusted sources such as the iOS and Mac App Stores to prevent hackers from exploiting processor vulnerabilities.
Another major occurrence concerns the insidious Calisto, a variant of the Mac Proton malware that acted undisturbed for two years before being discovered in July 2018. The malware was hidden in a fake Mac cybersecurity installer and, among other things. other functions, it collected usernames and passwords.
Bottom line, from viruses to malware to security holes, hackers have created a comprehensive toolbox to compromise Mac systems, here you can find the most recent example documented by the Malwarebytes Labs team.
If a computer, tablet or phone ends up in the center of hackers’ sights, it is possible to intervene by taking appropriate precautions.
First, download a reputable anti-malware product (or phone app) that can detect and neutralize malware and block connections to phishing websites. We recommend multi-layered protection from Malwarebytes for Windows, Malwarebytes for Android, Malwarebytes for Mac, Malwarebytes for iOS, and Malwarebytes business products for Windows, Android, Mac, iPhone or corporate networks.
“No banking institution or online payment service asks for the transmission of access credentials, identity document numbers or credit card numbers by e-mail”.
Second, it only downloads phone apps from legitimate marketplaces, such as Google Play and Amazon Appstore, which use protection tools against applications that contain malware. (Apple’s policy restricts iPhone users’ ability to use the App Store). In any case, when downloading an application, always check the ratings and reviews first. If the rating isn’t good and the number of downloads is low, it’s best to avoid it.
No banking institution or online payment service asks for the transmission of access credentials, identity document numbers or credit card numbers via e-mail.
Always keep your phone and computer operating systems up to date, and also update other internal software.
Avoid browsing unsafe websites, never download unverified attachments, and don’t click on links in emails that are unfamiliar.
The advice given is basic rules and is always good to adhere to, but criminals are always looking for new ways to penetrate systems. If a hacker discovers a password used to access various services, he uses applications that can hack into your other accounts. Always make sure, therefore, to choose long and complex passwords, avoid using the same password for different accounts and rather rely on a password manager. Even a single hacked email address can cause huge problems.
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