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NFC technology under fire by hackers, finding security loopholes

NFC can make it easier for consumers to make mobile payments, but the technology also comes with security concerns

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 13, 2014 at 01:37 pm CST (0 mins, 48 secs reading time)

The use of Near Field Communication (NFC) payments continue to expand, but cybercriminals are finding security bugs they can exploit as they try to hijack smartphones. During the Mobile Pwn2Own competition sponsored by Hewlett-Packard in Tokyo, Japan, security experts showed their abilities to compromise devices.

NFC technology under fire by hackers, finding security loopholes | TweakTown.com

Eight devices, including the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Z30, Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Fire phone were the targets of focus - and five teams were able to use security bugs to compromise devices, with three teams using NFC exploits to hijack devices. The LG Nexus 5, Amazon Fire phone, iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 were compromised - and now the phone manufacturers have been informed of the security problems, so they can create security patches.

NFC technology is common place in the United States and Western Europe, with most smartphones featuring NFC - and as Apple Pay and other mobile payments continue to expand - these types of security exploits need to be quickly addressed.

NEWS SOURCES:bbc.com, ingenico.com
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An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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