Mobility

Smartphone Attacks and Security Challenges

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Executive Summary

Smartphones offer many more functions than traditional mobile phones. In addition to a preinstalled mobile operating system, such as iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile, most smartphones also typically support carrier networks, Wi-Fi connectivity, and Bluetooth so that users can access the Internet to download and run various third party applications. Most smartphones support Multimedia Message Service (MMS) and include embedded sensors such as GPS, gyroscopes, and accelerometers, as well as a high-resolution camera, a microphone, and a speaker. Smartphones' increasing popularity raises many security concerns. Their central data management makes them easy targets for hackers.

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