Monday, August 22, 2005

Hacking and hijacking your phone?

Most of use have become used to protecting your ourselves in hyperspace...: Anti-virus, Firewall, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, anonymizer (prevent identity theft). Most of these protection address issues of varying risk. But in security risk should always be the driving factor for seeking protection.
More and more hackers are shifting their motivation from notoriety and peer symbol status to profit. Along with the change we must now look at new ways to protect ourselves.

One of our friends in Bahrain fell for phone hijacking after getting several months of huge phone bills...Some modem activity was noticed even when no using the computer. After scanning the PC several trojans were found which contributed to this attack.

So what can you do:
- Against phishing attacks (social engineering for profit). Get the netcraft free toolbar.
- Against phone hijacking... Check with your local telco for some protection (some offer automatic account blocking based on threshold limit). Check you bill regularly for unexpected amounts. Be ready to fight the telco. Remember the telco is making money on this so they may move rather slowly so be ready to "pump of the volume".
- Scan you PC to the latest scum, but more advanced solutions exist (more later).

A little more reading here...

2 Comments:

Blogger Anne said...

Excellent Blog! I already have bookmarked.
I have a virus software site to check your system.

5:40 AM  
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