@Smk I guess legit in the sense that they do provide the service they said they would... but the evil ones are the ones that charge you more or do it multiple times and then spam your phonebook looking for another sucker to click the link
I was scammed by a company which started sending me messages and something I did had the effect of applying a charge to my bill for each message I received! The charges were small but I eventually noticed them. Called the vendor who recognized the culprit instantly and refunded my money.
From the talk I was at this summer a lot of them hide the process so you don't know this is happening. But other "legit" examples are those commericals like send us two names and we will send you a text back with how compatiable they are romantically
Most of the SMS scams are basically designed to get you to unknowingly forward these premium rate messages. The charges are added to your mobile bill. Meanwhile the credit is given to the company and they get it all in a month and then distribute the digital currency and move onto a new account before the bills have arrived and the user knows this happens
One thing: IBM's report talks about how malware attacks smartphones through premium SMS services and some third-party "cheat" apps. So it seems there is a move to tempt users to adopt these apps. I guess consciousness needs to be raised.
I do have my first ever Kindle, Susan. Although I remain under the spell of Jeff B.'s salesmanship, I was really pointing out that warnings not to use mobile for shopping are futile. It's going to become mobile's main purpose after calls/messages.
@Susan: Agreed. Sometimes I actually enjoy shopping in brick and mortar space. That said, though, automating the process has its attractions, especially given lack of time and energy for "attacking" the mall.
I think enterprises need to balance the advantages of increased productivity from mobile use with the need for security and make a judgment. McAfee would say their internally held data either has probably been hacked already in any case.
I think I am past being surprised by the Pollyanna attitude to security. We're moving rapidly towards an environment where data is held by external server farms and accessed using a wide range of devices which have very open attack surfaces. Given the proven problems with locking down data held on internal, supposedly secure systems, of course we are heading for problems.
Anyway, none of this is truly surprising, is it? I think everyone foresaw that mobile would multiply the security problem once it escaped the Blackberry corral and opened itself to the WorldwideWeb. We just all went ahead anyway. Security will have to play catch-up as usual.
I've seen a lot of indication that security is having to change itself from a more local internal effort to a more distrubutied effort as workers continue to scatter, but even thing as consumerization continues the enterpirse has even less control :(
@Mary, I'm not sure how behavior monitoring could be implemented. I guess it's the equivalent of banks suspending use of cards when aberrant activity is identified. Not sure how that would work for mobile devices.
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