As Phones Do More, They Become Targets of Hacking

20 Jan 2009

The New York Times, By Brad Stone

SAN FRANCISCO — Mobile phones are becoming ever more like personal computers. That means they are also becoming more vulnerable to traditional computer menaces like hackers and viruses.

This year, the Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab reported on a new malicious program that stole money by taking over Nokia phones and making small charges to the owners’ wireless accounts.

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