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    iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm Pre All Vulnerable To Spear-Phishing Experiment

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    Via darkreading.com: Three of the most popular smartphones -- iPhone, BlackBerry, and Palm Pre -- fell victim to a recent spear-phishing experiment that sent users a phony LinkedIn invitation from "Bill Gates," according to the security expert who conducted the research.

    The experiment, which was aimed at measuring the effectiveness of email security controls in several major products and services, demonstrated just how powerful social engineering can be and how little technology can do about it. Joshua Perrymon, CEO of PacketFocus, sent a spoofed LinkedIn email to users in different organizations who had agreed to participate in the test; he was able to get his spoofed message through 100 percent of the time. He tested 10 different combinations of email security appliances, services, and open-source and commercial products; four major client email products; and the three major smartphone brands.

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    Spoofed emails shouldn't be the priority of the phones since all they do is fetch the mail from the server. The real problem here is how to improve on the server side regardless of whether or not the phone can or cannot open the link.
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    In which case although it may or may not be the smartphone's responsibility, the first to come up with a solution to this - if any - will be very interesting. I think Google Android may be best positioned, for the obvious reasons.

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    lol yeah google has the one up on all the other email providers but I dont see any solution coming anytime phone side from anyone.it'd be nice though
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