I think what’s next on this issue or on this kind of hack, I think they will change or advance from sim swop to hacking the actual phones without our knowledge.
Take a look at this, on your mobile you download an App then on the installation process it ask you to grant it permissions to all the technologies it will need or use that also including reading your SMSs, your phone book contacts, and sometimes even your location.
Now to me that’s a very dangerous acts just like how WhatsApp does when you installing it, you login, then it sends you an SMS with the OTP, but as soon as that SMS reaches your system tray it reads it and get the code. So for a hacking App I think it can also do the same when they are spying on you for your banking details because as we are in the 4IR we have seen even banks push people to bank digital mostly their mobile Apps.
Now to me that look like the next big hit we should be prepared of as it is coming and it will hit very badly because I’m not yet sure if its possible to get the message on system tray then instantly remove it so it doesn’t notify or ring the notification but if that’s possible then people might really lose money and don’t get notifications on their Apps because these Apps would get it first then remove it so not to trigger the notification.
But that just me looking at this on a future run of which might be even already Present. My advice would be, if you are a gamer then don’t use the phone you use for sensitive information, I mean avoid installing games, music streaming Apps or should I say entertainment Apps mostly the newer ones that are new in the market because you won’t know if its the actual game or scam especially those that are shared via ShareIT.