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7 MILLION SMARTPHONE USERS VUNERABLE TO CYBER HACKERS

7 MILLION SMARTPHONE USERS VUNERABLE TO CYBER HACKERSKUALA LUMPUR 03 December 2012. A girl was looking at her smartphone during the lunch time at Brickfields. About seven million smartphone users nationwide are vulnerable to cyber hackers who can use them as a conduit to steal money. Bukit Aman Director of Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said lack of awareness of the risks of smartphone security makes users easy targets as victims. The activity involving smartphones was detected via applications such as “Type-On” that when downloaded cause consumers to bear the cost although the victims had uninstalled the application. Lookout Mobile Security was quoted by AFP as saying that worldwide users lost millions of dollars last year via malware and toll fraud that attack smartphone users for accessing applications from unofficial sources rather than trusted sources such as Apple or Google online shops. NSTP/Chan Wai Yew

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