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Terrifying new smartphone malware tracks your swipes to steal your PIN

28
Jan
2014

Smartphone malware is on the rise and with 99% of known malware targeting Google’s Android platform — which is also the most popular mobile platform in the world by a tremendous margin — users must start making an effort to protect themselves against various threats. The latest example of the terrifying possibilities out there comes from Trustwave security researcher Neal Hindocha, who built a proof-of-concept that could be one of the most troubling examples of smartphone malware we’ve seen to date. As noted by Forbes contributor Tamlin Magee, Hindocha created code that is capable of tracking a user’s taps and swipes as they operate a smartphone. With similar malware, a malicious hacker might be able to steal PINs, account numbers, passwords and other

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