That a Phone in Your Pocket or Are You Scanning My Network?

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That a Phone in Your Pocket or Are You Scanning My Network?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Malgorzata Skora 

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Article by Ken Westin

Mobile Penetration Testing: Is That A Phone In Your Pocket Or Are You Scanning My Network?

When most people think of penetration testing, they think of a simulated external attack where the tester tries to break into a network from a remotely.

Companies focus most of the security spending and policies on keeping hackers from the outside in, from firewalls and other security hardening appliances, software and tools.

However, given the proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace and use of Wi-Fi networks inside of an office, attacking from inside the network provides unique opportunities.

Smartphones have become much more powerful over the past few years, with powerful processors and a plethora of hardware at your fingertips. Combine this power into a compact unit with the right apps you can scan a network from the inside in seconds along with several other new types of attacks and information gathering.

Your browser may not support display of this image. Mobile devices have accelerated productivity as they move to replace many of the other devices we used to carry in a small package. Most phones have Wi-Fi capability, cameras, mass storage capability and a persistent internet connection via 3G and 4G and allow a wide number of applications and if rooted provide many of the same tools as a computer, but with more hardware and network capabilities. Continue reading

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How Many Minutes and MB Do You Average On Your Cellphone Plan? [Question Of The Day]

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3G, 4G, VoIP, Google Voice, a crippling growth in data usage—the bottom line is that there have been a lot of changes to the wireless industry recently. Are you one of the masses maxing out your minutes and data?






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Rumor: Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Features Detailed [Iphone4.0]

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That’s right, y’all. We’re back at it, and this time we’ve received some exclusive iPhone OS 4.0 details from one of our trusty Apple connects.

Here are some iPhone OS 4.0 features, according to our guy:

• There will be multi-touch gestures OS-wide. (Would make sense for that as the rumored OS for the iTablet is close if not the same as the iPhone)
• “A few new ways” to run applications in the background – multitasking.
• Many graphical and UI changes to make navigating through the OS easier and more efficient. We haven’t had this broken down, but we can only hope for improved notifications, a refreshed homescreen, etc.
• The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date. Everyone is “really excited.”
• The last piece of information is the most vague, but apparently there will be some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications.

That’s all we have for now! Who can’t wait for next Wednesday?

Thanks, Lindsey!

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