“Ethical hacker” plan to reveal Windows Phone 8 malware
Sophos reports that Shantanu Gawde, known as India’s "youngest ethical hacker", is planning to present an exploit for Windows Phone 8 which will "demonstrate approaches and techniques for infecting… Windows Phone" including "how to steal contacts, upload pictures and steal private data of users, gain access to text messages etc."
The presentation will be at the Malcon security conference in New Delhi, India later this month.
At 16, Gawde is the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD), having earned that designation at the age of just seven.
No information on the hack has been released yet, but Microsoft will be keeping a eye on the presentation and plans to respond appropriately.
Dave Forstrum, director at Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft, commented:
"Microsoft is aware of the upcoming presentation but further details have not been shared with us. As always, we will investigate any issues disclosed in the talk, and will take appropriate action to help protect our customers."
Windows Phone 8 has an increased focus on security, including fully encrypted storage via Bitlocker, but the OS also allows developers and users much greater access, including loading data via microSD and allowing applications to open files received via email, which may open the OS up more to malware.
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