So far, the RIM BlackBerry and BB Messenger has managed to avoid much of the threats of mobile malware, despite its ubiquity. Still, there’s at least one new danger to worry about, as Enterprise Mobile Today reports.
Security software vendor McAfee (NYSE: MFE) is warning social networking fans — particularly those who like to access their accounts and instant messaging applications through their smartphones — that hackers will increasingly target them for a variety of scams and hoaxes as the popularity of these mobile devices continues to explode.
This week, McAfee Labs researchers debunk a new BlackBerry-borne hoax in a blog posting by security researcher Oliver Devane.
The unsolicited message sent via BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), warns the user that his or her account will be hacked if the user accepts a new contact. Worse, it claims that if one of the user’s existing contacts accepts this new contact, the user’s account information will be hacked.