A simple SMS text sent remotely by any hacker with a little skill and a few tools could wreak havoc on your staffers’ company phones.
Here’s a simplified portrait of the text attacks — and what to do about them.
The are two attack methods by text that security experts at Trust Digital are telling IT managers to watch out for:
- The “Midnight Raid Attack.” This hit occurs when users are asleep by sending a text that can open a smartphone’s browser and transfer it to a malicious Web site. From there, the site sends out a file to the phone that steals the user’s data.
- A similar result occurs when a control message is sent over a Wi-Fi network. The message uses a toolkit to search traffic for sensitive data — user’s e-mail info, etc.
Safe bet: Give IT the green light to look for and purchase security software that can protect users’ phones from these text attacks.