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Wireless technology advances provide inroads for criminals and terrorists.

Cellphone Risk Grows

October 2011, Number 02.04

“The transformation of cellphones into powerful hand-held computers has revolutionized telecommunications, but has also produced security loopholes ripe for exploitation by criminals and extremists. Al-Qaida’s formation of “mobile detachments” to spread jihadist recruitment videos via cellphones is just the start of it. Terror financiers have found it easier to transfer and launder money by simply punching a password into a cellphone keyboard. These all-purpose smartphones are also susceptible to hacking and tapping with the use of fraudulent cellphone applications or illicit receivers that can intercept calls within a certain radius.

It’s all part of a process that Nigel Stanley, a widely quoted information technology security expert from England, describes as a “relentless cycle of new attacks and new innovations.” The intimacy of such hand-held devices gives bad actors a chance to strike at a victim’s vulnerable points anytime and anyplace. And for those liable to abuse it, inexpensive mobile phone technology can generate a large return for a small investment...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Cellphone Risk Grows,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 4, 2011: 50-51.

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