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3G technology vulnerable to cyber crime

Posted by Sara | Opinion | Friday 24 December 2010 6:31 am
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3G technology vulnerable to cyber crimeCyber experts sound a word of caution about the high tech enabled mobile phones with the 3G mobile services about to be rolled out in India.

Experts are of the view that this next generation technology is more vulnerable in the world of technology related crimes though it will make life simpler by enabling downloading of movies and music within minutes.

From in.finance.yahoo.com:

“With 3G, cellphones will have faster broadband Internet and with such speed you can watch television live, make video calls and download music and movies in no time. But through spying software and virus, the hacker can easily break into your system,” says Ankit Fadia, an ethical hacker and cyber security expert.

“The hacker can record all the audio conversation and video files. Not many people in India install anti-virus in the phones. I would recommend them to install anti-virus and fireballs while using 3G, says Fadia who recommends switching off the bluetooth function of the phone when not required to protect the user’s password.

Not limited to an individual’s privacy issues, the 3G technology will also lead to increase in piracy of films and music, thereby giving a staggering amount of losses to the entertainment industry that is battling the piracy threat.

“It will become extremely easy for anybody to download an entire Bollywood film in few minutes using 3G. This is going to lead to further tremendous growth of websites like torrents,” says advocate Pavan Duggal, a cyberlaws expert.

Bollywood would be hit most by the 3G and wants service providers to adopt a stricter approach to check cybercrimes, according to the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).

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