FTC Holds Panel to Discuss Mobile Phone Spam

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A panel hosted by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington on Tuesday looked at how spammers are targeting parts of the population by ethnicity and income level.

Gareth MacLachlan on AdaptiveMobile says the depressed economy has left people susceptible to new types of spam. "People are more likely to respond to certain types of campaigns at that point. Junk cars, loans and financial or example," he said.

The panelists discussed ways that consumer can protect themselves, including only shopping for mobile applications from "official app stores."

Moreover, MacLaughlan stresses that malware writers are in tune with the struggles of the economy and are preying on those who are looking to save money.

"Most of the malware writers are trying to take advantage of that you wanted to get something for free," said MacLaughlan.

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