A New Hacking Frontier
Jeff Bezos' iPhone was hacked in 2018 after receiving a video message on Whats-app. According to forensic analysis, a video file sent from the Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman contained code that implanted malware. That malware gave attackers complete access to the entire phone. This proves that hackers are finding new ways to steal personal information.
Hackers and cyber thieves are starting to now use something that almost everyone uses on a daily basis - a mobile phone.
Cyber-crime through cellular devices is more common today - even though infiltrating a phone can be difficult. As a response to this difficulty, hackers use the illusion of authority to trick individuals. This process is simple: The hacker pretends to be an established company (ie: bank, credit card union, IRS), and send the victim a text. The text typically tries to instill fear in the individual in order to get him/her to provide valuable personal information.
While the criminal is only using emotional manipulation to obtain personal information, the criminal can actually start “hacking” with very little personal information. Once access is gained to a bank account, for example, the hacker can lock the account and spend excessive amounts of money in the victim’s name.
Many people blindly trust authoritative figures, so it is rather easy for them to fall for such a scam. Remember to have a healthy skepticism when you receive a text or call - ask the individual questions back, call the company the person claims to work at, or check out their website. Typically, if the person (and company) is truly authentic, they will not text you important information.
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