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    Veracodes spyware monkey steals the berries



    WOW, I've just came across this blog post, which is spreading at an incredible rate on the net right now: Veracode has just demonstrated that there is no absolute security. With TXSBBSpy, written and released as source code (but not as an executable version) by Tyler Shields, a senior researcher at the Veracode Research Lab, it is possible to create BlackBerry spyware, that can steal information from your BlackBerry. In a demonstration a few days ago a single SMS made a berry remotely forward it's contact list to a predefined e-mail, or to e-mail any outgoing SMS message to this address as well, without the owner even taking notice of it. Although in theory the BlackBerry platform has quite a number of security mechanisms in place that could be used against these types of attacks, most users are not careful enough to set the options to limit what access to specific types of data a particular app can have. Scary, isn't it?!

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    And the likelihood of this actually happening doesn't seem too high.

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    Most of us don't answer calls or texts from strange numbers anyway, and this would be from an unknown caller. The likelihood of this happening is much less than one would think. I personally don't keep any usable information on my blackberry or my pc, for that matter. Also, I like to think that none of my information would interest anyone trying to intercept something. My contacts are either family, friends or customers who's cars I've worked on. pretty mundane.

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    Even if this does become a problem, I can't imagine RIM letting it go too far without coming up with some way of blocking it. After all, they are best known for how safe their devices are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugly View Post
    Most of us don't answer calls or texts from strange numbers anyway, and this would be from an unknown caller.
    Sure it would? What about me telling the world that I am Ubertwitter with the new .605 release?

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    Gotta love the monkey though! Does the app Kisses stop this? Is there a list somewhere that guides what our settings should be? :aargh4:

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    Kisses? Not sure, but it at least reads as if it could be able to...re the settings, maybe this presentation of veracode gives some more insight

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    jeez.... I knew it.. there's no absolute security.... there must be a way to crack in... but yeah.... just don't answer stranger's call (unknown or private number), or just don't store important information on your BB...

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