freemexy: Is Your Phone Acting Funny...or Has It Been Hacked?

Is Your Phone Acting Funny...or Has It Been Hacked?

15 Aug 2019 at 10:46am
Is Your Phone Acting Funny...or Has It Been Hacked?

Near the city of Olympia, Washington, in October 2016, people in the region were calling 911 and hanging up before operators could answer the call. Then, the same phone would call 911 again. Over and over. Finally, an operator was able to answer one of the person's calling in. "Don't hang up!" she told the caller.

The teenage girl on the line said, "We didn't mean to call 911! I'm not touching the phone. I'm not doing anything...and I don't know how to make it stop!"

Her iPhone, and thousands of other smartphones, had been taken over with malware that started off as a bad prank initiated by a young college student in the area. He and a friend had "discovered a loophole in iPhone software" and designed a program to exploit it. The web link that took over the smartphone was clicked on almost 120,000 times...and each click generated dozens of fake emergency calls.

The attack spread to dozens of emergency call cents around the country, because wherever the person lived when they clicked on the link, it generated 911 calls to the closest center.
Here is the issue. Your smartphone is essentially a phone plus a "web enabled computer"—That puts it at risk to be infected with malicious software (malware) just like a laptop computer. And that malware is created by a hacker, but is downloaded on smartphones by unsuspecting victims like you.

The hackers don't steal your phone and physically downloaded malware—they don't need to.

Instead, they have planted viruses on websites designed to infect smartphones. Then they get people to click on a link from their phones, which takes them to the website and the malware link. It's as simple as that.

That's what caused all the smartphones to start calling 911. Ordinary people simply clicked, without much thought or worry, on a link on someone's Twitter feed, just like they do every day. But that click took them to the website that took over their phone. (The victims needed to turn off their phones to make the calls stop.) /a>

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