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The stalker in your pocket Mike Elgan / Computerworld For most of a century, bruising on cialis nosey people, bruising on cialis both professional and amateur, bruising on cialis have used microphones and cameras to listen to and watch unsuspecting targets. In recent years, bruising on cialis the miniaturization of electronics has enabled these devices to be hidden.Extreme drops in price have made spy electronics available to anyone, bruising on cialis even creepy stalker types. The only remaining challenge is placement: If anyone wants to capture the juicy tidbits, bruising on cialis they've got to have a microphone or camera in the right place at the right time. Enter the camera phone, bruising on cialis a dream come true for not just spies but a new breed of "cell phone stalkers." Camera phones contain all the necessary ingredients for completely invasive stalking: a microphone, bruising on cialis camera, bruising on cialis personal data on the user, bruising on cialis location information, bruising on cialis a chat and call history -- you name it. And victims carry them everywhere they go. All that's missing is the software that lets stalkers take control. This new software, bruising on cialis called snoopware, bruising on cialis does just that. Bruising on cialis Snoopware -- both legal and illegal -- enables stalkers to secretly seize control of a phone's electronics to listen, bruising on cialis watch and spy on their victims. Welcome to the creepy new world of cell phone stalking. Although cell phone stalking is new, bruising on cialis there's already plenty of bad information, bruising on cialis urban legends and false beliefs about it in circulation.  I'm going to sort all this out for you, bruising on cialis tell you about what's possible and how to protect yourself (it's easier than you think). Bruising on cialis But first, bruising on cialis let's look at the first and most celebrated case to date of this new world of cell phone stalking. Meet the Kuykendalls I told you in a previous column about a family in Washington state called the Kuykendalls, bruising on cialis who say that a hacker was stalking them through three of their cell phones for more than four months. The stalker seemed to perform unprecedented cell phone superhacks, bruising on cialis according to press reports. For example, bruising on cialis he watched them through their phones' cameras and listened through the microphones. Bruising on cialis When they turned off the phones, bruising on cialis the hacker turned them back on remotely, bruising on cialis seized control of the phones and sent text messages from them. When they got new phones, bruising on cialis the hacking continued. Even scarier, bruising on cialis they received almost daily threats of violence from an anonymous caller, bruising on cialis who seemed to be calling from a family member's own phone, bruising on cialis even when that phone was turned off, bruising on cialis and provided details about what they were doing and even what they were wearing. In addition to the Kuykendalls, bruising on cialis the family's neighbor and Mrs. Bruising on cialis Kuykendall's sister were also harassed by the anonymous caller. Although the mainstream press played up these events as some kind of terrifying superhack, bruising on cialis I think something much more ordinary is going on. The most likely explanation, bruising on cialis based on the limited information publicly available, bruising on cialis is that some malicious script kiddie, bruising on cialis who knows the family personally, bruising on cialis pulled off one or two simple hacks, bruising on cialis then "socially engineered" the family into thinking he'd done something more impressive. For example, bruising on cialis a combination of spoofing one of the family's cell phone's Caller ID, bruising on cialis which is easy to do, bruising on cialis and using that trick to retrieve voice mail, bruising on cialis plus possibly hacking the carrier's Web site to change ringtones and cause other mischief. Bruising on cialis These steps, bruising on cialis combined with old-fashioned spying on the family in person, bruising on cialis could explain nearly all the superhacking claims. Hacked? Yes. Bruising on cialis Disturbing? Very. Bruising on cialis Illegal? Absolutely. But it's a far cry from the picture painted in the press of some unstoppable arch-villain mastermind. Experts interviewed on TV and in the newspapers answer "yes" to the question, bruising on cialis "Is this kind of hack possible?" And, bruising on cialis in fact, bruising on cialis it is possible, bruising on cialis but spectacularly unlikely. To pull off the Kuykendalls' superhack described in the press, bruising on cialis the family would have to repeatedly buy high-end camera phones, bruising on cialis such as Windows Mobile, bruising on cialis BlackBerry or other devices, bruising on cialis leave Java support on, bruising on cialis keep Bluetooth on and in "autodiscovery" mode, bruising on cialis or give the hacker full physical access to the phones to install several snoopware applications. What's possible? Snoopware is on the rise, bruising on cialis mostly because of the increasing sophistication of phones. Bruising on cialis They're like mini-PCs. Bruising on cialis Most snoopware attacks have taken place in Europe and Asia. Bruising on cialis But they're coming to America. Security experts estimate that there are more than 400 types of snoopware (most of them variants of a few major snoopware programs), bruising on cialis and that figure may top 1, bruising on cialis000 by the end of the year. Your typical new snoopware program might enable someone to listen to phone calls and read e-mail and text messages, bruising on cialis or steal contacts and other data. Bruising on cialis Some snoopware can use your phone's microphone to listen, bruising on cialis even when the phone is supposedly "off." Other programs can capture images from a camera phone's camera. Snoopware is the kind of software used by the government to eavesdrop on gangsters and terrorists. But snoopware isn't the only way to stalk via cell phone. Most carriers offer a "skip passcode" feature that lets you turn off voice mail password-checking when you call from your cell phone. Bruising on cialis But because carriers use Caller ID to verify the phone, bruising on cialis cell phones "spoofing" another phone's number can get in, bruising on cialis enabling hackers to access your voice mail and other features without ever knowing the password. Semilegitimate snoopware programs called Mobile Spy from Retina-X Studios and FlexiSpy from Vervata run invisibly and upload text messages and phone logs to an online server. Bruising on cialis They can also upload location information. Bruising on cialis Mobil Spy runs only on Windows Mobile phones, bruising on cialis while FlexiSpy offers versions for Series 60 Nokia phones, bruising on cialis BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones. Bruising on cialis A Pro version of FlexiSpy enables eavesdropping through cell phone microphones when you call a dedicated phone number. Bruising on cialis A future Pro-X version will let you listen in on calls in progress. The companies target concerned parents, bruising on cialis suspicious spouses and distrustful bosses, bruising on cialis but obviously a malicious hacker could use them for cell phone stalking. Sounds bad. Bruising on cialis But be aware that these programs require physical access to the phone for installation, bruising on cialis and they're easy to detect. Bruising on cialis The security software companies generally consider these applications as malware, bruising on cialis and alert users to their presence. How to beat cell phone stalkers The best cure is prevention. Bruising on cialis Don't allow strangers to gain access to your phone. Like any other kind of software, bruising on cialis snoopware doesn't install itself. Bruising on cialis The leading methods for installation are physical access installation, bruising on cialis where the user installs by clicking on an attachment or link; or via Bluetooth. Bruising on cialis By preventing potential stalkers from touching your phone, bruising on cialis never clicking on e-mail attachments or links from strangers, bruising on cialis and turning off Bluetooth autodiscovery, bruising on cialis you'll keep snoopware off your phone. The fact is, bruising on cialis snoopware hacks are dangerous only if you're unaware of them. Bruising on cialis Once you suspect someone is using your cell phone to spy on you, bruising on cialis it's trivially easy to stop them. Let me count the ways: 1. Bruising on cialis Buy an anti-malware application from vendors like Symantec, bruising on cialis McAfee, bruising on cialis Trend Micro, bruising on cialis F-Secure, bruising on cialis SMobile, bruising on cialis MyMobiSafe and others. Bruising on cialis These products find not just the shadowy, bruising on cialis hacker snoopware programs, bruising on cialis but the legal ones, bruising on cialis too. 2. Bruising on cialis Turn on passwords for voice mail access. Bruising on cialis Do you have to enter a password each time you check voice mail? If not, bruising on cialis your carrier has enabled the "skip passcode" feature. Bruising on cialis A stalker spoofing your Caller ID can check your voice mail, bruising on cialis too. Bruising on cialis But by re-enabling a good password, bruising on cialis it will be much easier to keep your voice mail private. 3. Bruising on cialis Downgrade your cell phone. Bruising on cialis Snoopware works only on the most advanced phones. Bruising on cialis For nontechnical users like the Kuykendalls, bruising on cialis one simple solution is to swap out your high-end phone for a cheaper model that doesn't support Java or Bluetooth and doesn't have a camera. Bruising on cialis This isn't a good solution for gadget fans, bruising on cialis but for families feeling terrorized, bruising on cialis this is a cheap, bruising on cialis fast and easy way to get control. 4. Bruising on cialis Switch carriers. Bruising on cialis There's not much you can do at the handset level to foil a hack of the carrier's Web site. Bruising on cialis If the company can't shut down the hacker, bruising on cialis switch to another carrier. 5. Bruising on cialis Buy an anonymous prepaid phone. Bruising on cialis The last-ditch solution (just before going without a cell phone) is to buy a prepaid phone from 7-Eleven or a similar store. Bruising on cialis This provides not only the benefits of a low-tech cell phone and a new carrier, bruising on cialis but greater anonymity. The cell phone stalker trend is real. Bruising on cialis But simple, bruising on cialis common-sense precautions can protect you and your family from malicious harassment. Link to original article:  http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9027438&source=rss_news10 Mike Elgan writes about technology and global tech culture. Bruising on cialis Contact Mike at mike.elgan@elgan.com or his blog, bruising on cialis The Raw Feed.