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News: Hacked Smartphones Could Jeopardize Troop Safety

pocketgpsworld.comIn light of the revelations that Android smartphones can be hacked, Network World has reported that compromised smartphones could endanger troops.

Hugh Thompson, a software security professor at Columbia University says that "software that commandeers phone functions could give wartime enemies valuable information about troop locations and movements. Even normal apps can send a lot of information back home."

This poses the question as to how individuals decide what features of their smartphone to use during their deployment in war zones. Many, for instance, might not realise that the photos taken on their phones and sent to their loved ones carry GPS location data that, if intercepted, might prove very useful to the enemy. Malware can also turn phone microphones on or even secretly snap photos.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 18 @ 20:44:17 UTC by Rob Brady

 
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