BlackBerry and Brethren Carry Security Bulls-eye
The security researcher who released a BlackBerry Attack Toolkit said that many companies using Research In Motion's handhelds may not be adequately protected, and that other network-connected wireless systems may be easy marks for similar threats.Companies who have not appropriately applied Research In Motions security protections for its BlackBerry communications system are vulnerable to outside attacks based on malware code released mid-August by researchers, and the threat illustrates a wider issue with always-on wireless applications, analysts say. Jesse DAguanno, director of professional services and research at consultant Praetorian Global, Placerville, Calif., published his BlackBerry Attack Toolkit on Aug. 16 after first showing off the software at the DefCon reverse engineering convention held in Las Vegas earlier in August.
While companies that have aggressively exercised RIMs security features for its back-end BlackBerry servers should be immune to attacks based on the code, DAguanno said, many users of the ubiquitous wireless communication devices remain vulnerable.
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