BlackBerry prone to hacker attacks, expert claims

18 Aug 2006

A California computer security specialist claimed that hackers can attack networks through widely popular BlackBerry handheld devices, an AFP report said.
The AFP report said Jesse D'Aguanno of Praetorian Global made a 'BlackBerry Attack Toolkit' demonstration available for download at the company's Web site along with 'BBProxy' software that exploits the vulnerability.
'The premise is the BlackBerry device that everyone carries around in their holsters is actually a computer constantly connected to your network,' D'Aguanno told AFP. 'So, someone can take over the device, or load a virus on it covertly.'
The report said D'Aguanno hid attacker software code in a tic-tac-toe game that, if downloaded and played on a BlackBerry, secretly invaded the network linked to the handled device.
An 'attack vector' described by D'Aguanno was to email BlackBerry users a link and trick them into downloading the malicious software cloaked in the game, the AFP report said.
The BlackBerry device would then act as doorways that let hackers slip behind fire walls and seek out unprotected computers in a company's network, according to D'Aguanno.

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