BBC technology correspondent Mark Ward has shown TV viewers today how easy he found it to create spyware that could steal contacts and SMS text messages from a smartphone.
The good news is that the BBC doesn’t appear to have broken any laws (unlike when the BBC Click programme controversially hijacked a botnet of 22,000 computers and told them to each send 500 spam emails).
In this latest broadcast, Mark Ward’s smartphone spyware – which was disguised as a crude noughts-and-crosses game – was not uploaded to an app store, and was only downloaded onto a single handset. In other words, it appears to have been a “laboratory” experiment done as a proof-of-concept.
Of course, it didn’t prove anything that we didn’t already know – but there’s no denying that it will have helped raise awareness…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.
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