Thinking Like a Smartphone Eavesdropper

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Think of the last time you received a sensitive piece of information. Perhaps it was news of a highly anticipated project at work finally getting the green light, or maybe a not-for-public-consumption update about a friend’s pregnancy. Now recall what you did with that information. Did you keep it to yourself or did you share it with a significant other or trusted friend?

Given that it’s human nature to share and dissect closely held information with those we trust, it’s likely that you shared the details with at least one other person. This is the concept of concentric circles of trust at work.

I recently explored this concept as it applies to smartphone-based eavesdropping in an article for Security Magazine. Give it a read to learn more about why eavesdroppers cast a wide net in attempting to gather valuable bits of verbal information via hijacked smartphone microphones and how to best prioritize security resources in mitigating this threat.


*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Be Aware authored by Mike Fong. Read the original post at:

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Mike Fong

Mike Fong is the founder and CEO of Privoro. He is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur who started Privoro to solve the security and privacy issues of mobile devices – from attacks of sophisticated nation-states to over-reach by corporations and apps in the “surveillance capitalism” economy. Privoro launched the SafeCase in 2018, the first high-security extensible smartphone case with built-in, patented anti-surveillance capabilities that provides unprecedented levels of protection and assurance. Prior to Privoro, Mike founded and built Calence LLC from a startup to the largest pure-play networking integrator in the US at the time of its sale, with over $300+ million in sales to corporate and government clients. Mr. Fong has also consulted, or served as a board member, to companies in many industries, including chairing the Arizona Governor’s Council on Innovation and Technology. He is a two-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and was named the Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year for the State of Arizona. Mr. Fong started his career at Arthur Andersen and holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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