Woman charged £1400 for stolen mobile phone

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

We’ve spoken before on this blog about how a lost mobile phone can mean also losing sensitive corporate data. We’ve even talked about how smartphones can be infected by malware, and turned into a revenue-generating botnet.

But here’s another way in which criminals can make money out of your mobile, with no hacking required.

28-year-old Kathryn Mills-Webb, a PR manager from Greenwich, London, has found herself in a fight with her mobile phone company after it tried to charge her £1400 for calls made on her mobile phone after it was stolen.

The spare phone was just one of more than a 100 items which were stolen from the house Kathryn shares with her husband Tom during a recent burglary. They hadn’t used it for months, and hadn’t noticed at first that it was missing at all.

That didn’t…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.