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[Popular Mechanics] How Criminals Cash In With Malware

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One of the most effective methods for spreading malware to mobile phones is to misuse premium SMS shortcodes—six-to-eight-digit numbers like those used to accept charitable donations or purchase content via text message. One kind of malware tells an infected smartphone to either send a message to a premium number owned by criminals or to access premium online content that users seldom see. The criminals behind the phone number or content then request payment from the victim's mobile phone company, which usually pays right away.

I know about most of the tricks. But I think there is a need for more public awareness regarding malware and what it can do.
Roughly there are 2 phones for every one person in the world - Amazing!!!
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Seems like this affects Android devices since apps on the iPhone has to go through the App Store.

I do find the messaging tactic interesting.
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This does suck especially with everyone having smartphones, a lot of users aren't aware of malware on phones they believe it is a secure device. It will only get worse with the surge in smartphones it will become a more likely target for malware authors.

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Seems like this affects Android devices since apps on the iPhone has to go through the App Store.

I do find the messaging tactic interesting.

Don't be to sure about that apple isn't as secure as you might think :I
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This does suck especially with everyone having smartphones, a lot of users aren't aware of malware on phones they believe it is a secure device. It will only get worse with the surge in smartphones it will become a more likely target for malware authors.
Don't be to sure about that apple isn't as secure as you might think :I

There has yet to be widespread reports of iOS users getting infected with malware through the app store.

I'm aware that anything can be cracked given time. The point here is incentive. Apple claims they don't get viruses only because their OS has such minuscule share of the international market whereas Windows has around 90%, given that fact it is only natural that Windows based machines get infected more often and more frequently than OS X because the reward/payout is greater, not because Apple devices are more secure.
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