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Your smart phone and other gadgets, a new frontier for hackers

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Sri Sridharan, the Director of the Center for Cyber security at the University of South Florida talks to WFLA's Stacie Schaible. Sri Sridharan, the Director of the Center for Cyber security at the University of South Florida talks to WFLA's Stacie Schaible.
Your smart phone is a new frontier for hackers. Your smart phone is a new frontier for hackers.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - In today's world, people store a lot of important information on their smart phones.

They browse the web, access email, manage financial accounts and store personal pictures. That's why mobile is the new frontier for hackers. They are finding new ways to access your most sensitive information.

Sri Sridharan, the Director of the Center for Cyber security at the University of South Florida says, "If you are using free wi fi at a coffee shop, you're an open book because that's not a secure connection."

There is new malware designed specifically to attack iphones, but there's also anti-virus software you can buy to protect your smart phone. Unfortunately, according to Sridharan, very few people know that.

New iphone hacks are constantly being discovered. Many involve bypassing and unlocking your password to gain access to your iphone via siri or the control panel.

Fortunately,  Apple is good at closing security loopholes quickly.  Experts say the best way to protect yourself is to stay up to date on IOS updates.

Sridharan says your smart phone isn't your only concern. "Everything can be hacked. As long as it has a micro chip, it can be hacked," she adds.

Hackers can access the cameras on smart televisions in a matter of seconds. Your best defense there is putting a piece of tape over your smart TV's lens. Simple, but effective.

Essentially, all of your smart gadgets can be used against you. If it has a chip, it has an IP address and if hackers get ahold of that they can use it.

In one case, according to Sridharan, hackers broke into thousands of everyday consumer gadgets, including a smart refrigerator, and used them to send out 750-thousand malicious emails.

Even your car can be hacked in just a matter of minutes. "Most of the modern cars have a chip. They can turn on your car, disable your engine. They can open your car doors, unlock them and you wouldn't even know," says Sridharan.

"Cyber security is extremely dynamic. What happens today is not what's going to happen tomorrow."

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