Handhelds aren’t as open to attack by hackers and crackers as regular PCs are, but there are ways that Pocket PCs can be attacked.
In the latest issue of Insecure Magazine, Seth Fogie explores this topic extensively.
This article discusses essentially all the ways that a Pocket PC can be attacked, from viruses and trojan horses to DoS attacks.
Fogie is a VP at Airscanner, a company that makes anti-virus software for Pocket PCs.
However, his article does not appear to be an attempt to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) about the security risks of handhelds, and thereby help his company sell more anti-virus software.
Fogie clearly points out that there there has been little interest in the hacker community in handhelds. But if this ever changes, this article covers the numerous security holes in Pocket PCs that can be exploited.
Not Just Defense
The Insecure Magazine article discusses the other side of the coin, too; Pocket PCs can also be used to hack into corporate networks.
A PDA can perform just about any network hacking task that a laptop can, and Fogie points out that it is a lot easier to do this surreptitiously with a handheld than it is with a laptop.
The full article, “PDA Attacks: Palm-Sized Devices — PC Sized Threats,” can be found on the Insecure Magazine web site. It is available free of charge.