Your BlackBerry's dirty little security secret

Your BlackBerry's dirty little security secret
Your BlackBerry's dirty little security secret 
By Bill Brenner
Senior Editor
April 19, 2010

Tyler Shields, senior member of the Veracode Research Lab, spends a lot 
of time picking apart those BlackBerry devices that are ubiquitous 
across the enterprise. What he's found may disappoint those who thought 
they were secure.

At this week's SOURCE Boston conference, Shields will present his 
findings in a talk called "BlackBerry Mobile Spyware -- The Monkey 
Steals the Berries.

He'll explain how the bad guys can plant spyware on the device and make 
off with your sensitive data, and offer some advice on how users can 
defend themselves.

He'll talk about an application called FlexiSpy, which allows users to 
get copies of SMS, call logs, e-mails, locations and listen to 
conversations within minutes of purchase. He quotes the FlexiSpy website 
as saying, "Catch cheating wives or cheating husbands, stop employee 
espionage, protect children, make automatic backups, bug meetings rooms, 
etc." Then there's Mobile Spy, which will "allow you to see exactly what 
they do while you are away," according to the website. "Are your kids 
texting while driving or using the phone in all hours of the night? Are 
your employees sending company secrets? Do they erase their phone logs?"


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