Black Hat: Mobile Flaws Get Attention

Black Hat: Mobile Flaws Get Attention
Black Hat: Mobile Flaws Get Attention 

By Thomas Claburn
July 22, 2010

At the Black Hat USA 2010 conference, July 24 - 29 in Las Vegas, mobile 
security won't just be over the air, it'll be in the air. Nowadays, said 
conference founder Jeff Moss, "it's all mobile all the time. It's like 
when they introduced Windows 7 or Windows XP -- it's all new. Everybody 
is trying to figure it out."

Rootkits used to get a lot of attention, but this year there was only 
one rootkit presentation submitted, Moss says. Of course, a range of 
security issues will be explored, such as timing attacks and smart grid 
vulnerabilities. But mobile security problems are seeing a surge of 

Moss says that app stores and the apps themselves are getting more 
scrutiny from security researchers. People are looking at what it takes 
to get malicious apps into app stores undetected.

Kevin Mahaffey and John Hering of Lookout Mobile Security will be 
delving into the security of mobile apps next Wednesday, July 28, in a 
presentation titled "App Attack: Surviving the Mobile Application 


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