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Nokia, Android phones hacked with NFC

Consultant shows how NFC radio can be used to take control of mobile handsets

Nokia, Android phones hacked with NFC
Charlie Miller has demonstrated how NFC can be used to hack certain mobile operating systems.

A security consultant has demonstrated how Near Field Communications (NFC) short range radio can be used to take control of mobile phone handsets.

At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Charlie Miller of security firm Accuvant showed hacks using NFC that allowed him to take over Android-based Samsung Nexus S and Google Galaxy Nexus, and the Nokia N9.

When a custom built reader chip was placed into proximity of the handsets with NFC activated, the handsets could be automatically directed to visit a website that contained malware to exploit know vulnerabilities in the operating systems.

Using the malware, Miller showed how he was then able to take data from the Android handsets, and even make calls and send texts from the Nokia handset.

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