Rutgers researchers warn against rootkit threats to smartphone security

Say infiltration could lead to eavedropping on infected mobile devices

Rutgers University researchers have demonstrated how rootkits can be a threat to smartphones sporting operating systems not much unlike those in full-blown computers. They say those wielding rootkits could do dirty tricks like turning on an infected smartphone's microphone to listen in on a meeting, for example. The researchers are presenting their work at the HotMobile 2010 event in Maryland this week and you can get a peek in the video below as well.

Next up: Coming up with some defenses against this growing security threat.

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