(BOSTON, Mass. – July 25, 2007 – IDTheftSecurity.com) News reports have highlighted cell phone snooping software, an emerging threat to cell phone users that combines sophisticated hacking techniques with aggressive stalking behavior. Robert Siciliano, a widely televised and quoted personal security and identity theft expert, advised consumers to exercise caution as they receive unsolicited text messages and calls.
“People who don’t want strangers to gain wholesale, remote access to their cell phones should treat each and every unsolicited text message and call as suspect,” said Siciliano. “Cell snooping snoopware, which sophisticated hackers can install from a remote location onto cell phones, makes all conversations on the compromised device accessible to the hacker and has been claimed to commandeer a camera phone’s viewing functionality.”
CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com and a member of the Bank Fraud & IT Security Report’s editorial board, Siciliano leads Fortune 500 companies and their clients in workshops that explore consumer education solutions for security issues. A longtime identity theft speaker and author of “The Safety Minute: 01,” he has discussed data security and consumer protection on CNBC, on NBC’s “Today Show,” FOX News, and elsewhere.
Readers may view YouTube video below of Siciliano’s recent appearance on the “The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet.” There, he appeared with a mother and family member who claim three of the family’s cell phones fell prey to highly sophisticated hackers who used the devices to stalk the family, viewing and listening to their private activities via the phone’s built-in camera and recording capabilities.
Two months ago, CNNMoney.com reported on a form of malware that installs on cell phones, warning readers to expect the threat to grow in prevalence in the coming months. Since, other news outlets such as PC World and Computerworld have debated the likelihood of cell snooping snoopware. According to reports, “roving bugs”—the term that hacking script making cell snooping possible is known as—are possible, but exotic.
“Cell snooping snoopware is relatively rare, and the logistical obstacles to its spread are significant,” said Siciliano. “Nevertheless, technology remains a step ahead of law enforcement, and the capability to snoop on cell phone users through the use of snoopware is real and, in time, may become pervasive.”
“Someone who suspects that her phone has been affected by cell snooping software must contact law enforcement officials immediately,” Siciliano concluded. “Cell snooping stalkers’ behavior can be aggressive and dangerous, and the effect on victims can foster a profound sense of fear. Cell phone snoopers have used remote access to a cell phone to stalk not only owners of the device, but family and friends of the owner as well.”
Readers may learn how to protect themselves against identity theft, a major concern for anyone whose electronic communication devices have been hacked, by viewing video of Siciliano at VideoJug.
Identity theft affects us all. Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com and member of the Bank Fraud & IT Security Report’s editorial board, makes it his mission to provide consumer education solutions on identity theft to Fortune 500 companies and their clients.
A leader of personal safety and security seminars nationwide, Siciliano has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, “FOX News,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Suze Orman Show,” “The Montel Williams Show,” “Maury Povich,” “Sally Jesse Raphael,” “The Howard Stern Show,” and “Inside Edition.” The Privacy Learning Institute features him on its Website. Numerous magazines, print news outlets, and wire services have turned to him, as well, for expert commentary on personal security and identity theft. These include Entrepreneur, Woman’s Day, Mademoiselle, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, United Press International, Reuters, and others.
The media are encouraged to get in touch with Siciliano directly: