With the recent success of Xbox 360’s Kinect controller, which gives gamers control with a wave of a hand, other companies are taking notice. They are also noticing the profits that this technology brings, and are working hard at installing gesture control in other devices like mobile phones and tablet PCs.

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As phones become “smarter” and let you do so much more than just make phone calls, hackers are seeing a new platform to target. One method that they are using is to hide malware in games such as 3D Anti-Terrorist and PDA Poker Art. Once installed onto your phone, the malware will secretly dial premium numbers in other countries and charge the victim’s bill for every call.

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andorid2There has been lots of talk about the dangers of Jailbroken iPhones, and now it seems that SmartPhone dangers are extending into the world of Android smartphones too. Sophos is reporting that a rogue application is busy stealing users banking information.

According to First Tech Credit Union, there are several applications posing as a shell for mobile banking applications which have the real purpose of phishing personal information about a user’s bank account. The assumption is that this information is going to be used for identity theft. First Tech Credit Union also wants to point out to customers that at this time they do not offer an app for Android devices.

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sickiphoneAs smartphones have become de facto computers for some people, they have offered an added advantage of almost being impossible to hack. With the closed off and tightly controlled mobile phone industry of the United States offering a mobile system that has both advanced software impenetrable to significant malware and that is isolated from the rest of the world, American mobile phone users are generally heavily protected from danger behind a wall of mobile security that is generally stronger than it is for smartphone users overseas.

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