Will Hackers Be Eyeing Your Phone?

By: Maribel Aber
By: Maribel Aber
New wireless technology on smartphones may leave you vulnerable to hackers.

AP

New wireless technology on smartphones may leave you vulnerable to hackers.

Maribel Aber has more from New York.

If you own a smartphone, rogue apps can already steal your private data.

But soon, the guy standing next to you may be able to do the same thing.

Can you imagine your pictures, videos and contacts...

All stolen wirelessly?

What about someone remotely making calls from your phone?

A former n-s-a analyst turned hacker, proved it possible at a cyber-security conference this week.

All someone has to do is brush a per-programed computer chip against your phone.

It's done using "near field communication" technology or N-F-C for short.

Right now, only a handful of phones have N-F-C chips, so this type of hacking isn't wide spread.

But companies like apple, Samsung and visa are eyeing N-F-C for their next generation products because it does have a lot of advantages.

It lets users share pictures and videos wirelessly with one another.

It also could be key in developing "mobile wallet technology."

The feature that allows users to use a smartphone as a credit card.

So even though N-F-C isn't widespread right now, it could be down the road.

But there's one major roadblock for hackers...

They have to get close to your phone, typically within a few centimeters.

Because the N-F-C chip has short range.

So keep a close eye on your smartphone.


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