Hijacked Blackberry Turns Data SpyBy Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, August 9, 2006
A booby-trapped game of noughts and crosses (BBProxy) has been used in Black Hat hacker conference to show how a Blackberry can be easily hijacked to steal confidential data.
Created by a security researcher the game contains malicious code that turns the popular mobile e-mail device into a backdoor into corporate networks.
The creator, Jesse D’Aguanno of security firm Praetorian Global, intends to release it publicly in mid-August.
Mr D’Aguanno said the Blackberry was a good choice for penetrating business networks because the gadgets were always switched on, stayed connected to a company and were so powerful that they could run programs installed on them.
By tricking someone into downloading and installing the booby-trapped game, perhaps via e-mail or simple social engineering, Mr D’Aguanno demonstrated how the Blackberry can become a secret route that takes attackers behind firewalls and defeats security measures. via BBC