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Android virus

Hackers fit WiFi sniffers to drones

As if smartphone users haven't enough to worry about, here comes "Snoopy" - drones with WiFi access points capable of hacking your smartphone from literally above your head. Hackers have actually built - and flown in London - a device which genuinely retrieved passwords and other confidential account details.

Spoofs WiFi access points you trust

The system uses your smartphones' feature of attempting to connect to a WiFi point you've already granted access to, because you've connected to it before. These could be public ones, such as Starbuck, McDonalds or BT. If the drone is in a public place close to a real one, it make the likelihood even greater of unknowing users being hacked.

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Bag of cash

Russian Malware makes it into the Google Play Store

Mobile security company Lookout are warning Android users there were 32 separate apps on the Google Play Store which contained the hidden "BadNews" malware. When activated, it sent SMS messages to premium text lines which the malware authors, thought to originate in Russia, then collected. It also targeted users in Russia and surrounding countries, according to the BBC

Google has suspended the developer accounts which were used to create and upload the Apps.

There was no identifiable pattern to the types of app infected - they ranged from games and recipies right through to innocent-looking wallpaper apps.

With estimates of up to 9 million downloads, it seems the developers knew it was only a matter of time before being caught - hence this being termed a "digital smash and grab" type operation.

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Chinese government

Kakao Talk

The popular Kakao Talk Android app has been hacked, and investigators are concerned the finger is pointing towards the Chinese government as the culprit. This is hot on the heels of the recent Tibetan spear phishing attack. The app, a messaging and chat application developed by a South Korean firm, is popular with the Tibetan community because it is considered more secure than a similar app called WeChat developed by Chinese operator Tencent. Users were worried that the Chinese government would be able to monitor communications through WeChat.

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Reckon you know all the ways your handset can become infected? Think again...

You may think you're playing things safe by mostly only using your phone to make calls, but is that really the case? Your smartphone is now as powerful - and as connected - as your desktop PC. Too many people fall into the trap of thinking its smaller physical size somehow means its less important to think about securing.

If anything, your smartphone contains more sensitive content than your PC, such as your bank details, family photos, calendar etc. If all this data was written in a book, you'd definitley not want prying eyes anywhere near it. However - if that were the case, you'd at least know there's only one way someone could obtain the information, and that's by opening it and reading through it. In your smartphones' case, one single way in is most definitely not the case, so let's look at the top 10 tricks the bad guys use to infect your handset.