Inviting Cyber Attacks on Your Smartphone


Omer Schwartz

How secure is your smartphone? Do you know what you can do to help the hackers who increasingly see it as a desired and lucrative target?

Yossi Oren’s research lab at Ben-Gurion University in Israel is dedicated to exploring vulnerabilities emerging from this interface, “cyberattacks that allow the extraction of secret information from various devices by exploiting their precise physical behaviors such as power consumption, electromagnetic emanations, heat or vibration.”

Together with a group of foreign journalists, members of the press delegation to Cyber Week 2017 hosted by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I watched as Omer Schwartz, one of Oren’s graduate students, demonstrated what could happen to your data when you install on your phone a replacement part.