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Mobile phone fraud increasing, expert notes

Mobile phone fraud increasing, expert notes

Category: Mobile Phones

Updated: 23/04/2009
First Published: 22/04/2009

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Fraud using mobile phone technology is on the rise, an expert has said.

Mike Hawkes, head of mobile security for the Mobile Data Association, explained that the uptake of using mobiles for payment services was the primary reason for the increase in fraud.

While noting that it is not yet a "major problem", Mr Hawkes added that it is becoming more of one and that there would be local hotspots of fraud caused by services such as payment for parking.

However, he also stated that mobile phone operators are doing "an amazing job" in guarding against viruses and malware.

Mr Hawkes was speaking after the Mobile Phone Security Challenge was launched.

This is a nationwide competition, organised by the Home Office, the Design Council and the Technology Strategy Board.

The challenge is to find marketable solutions for mobile phone security, with four teams able to win £400,000 between them.

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