Hackers target smart phones

Smartphones have become the number one target for hackers trying to cheat New Zealanders, says a New Zealand academic who has been studying global trends. University of Auckland Computer Science lecturer Dr Giovanni Russello will this week share his research that reveals how stealing personal information, hacking into bank accounts and secretly sending SMS and emails from vulnerable Android-operated smartphones has overtaken computer hacking as the number one digital security threat. "Users will not even be aware of those attacks happening," [...]

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Cloud data a tempting target for hackers

Internet-based cloud services are gathering an enormous trove of information. Everything from highly personal medical and social media material to confidential financial and corporate documents are being stored online. Already a quarter of the world's business data is cloud based. This is proving an irresistible lure for hackers. One notable example was the February 2011 breach at Nasdaq's Directors Desk, which maintains records for thousands of corporations. Nasdaq has said little about what happened. But the case reportedly has prompted [...]

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