Mobile Zombies, XSSWW, hack the planet?
Warning, this post may be long, rant-like and totally off-target. 😛
While using bi-directional persistent communication channels to control browsers isn’t anything new, nor is the concept of a Cross Site Scripting Warhol Worm, but recently I have been thinking about them again. First off, earlier I was discussing in the #slackers irc channel, a concept regarding mobile zombies. I recently got a new phone to find out it has a fairly fast connection to the internet. Some phones can even reach 4.9MBits/s! This opens a whole new area, especially if malicious users can harness this. It seems at least 2.7 billion people own a mobile phone. If even only a small percentage of these users have high speed internet access, that’s still much more surface area for attack and data throughput. Plus, phones are often on longer than a home PC. “Follow the sun” no longer applies.
So I went a little too in-depth on the mobile zombienet. Sue me. It seems possible and something to consider.
So combining the new power of mobile zombies as well as some theory about how a Warhol worm would work, we have a very scary scenario. I really have no idea how to stop something like this. I think I’ll go unplug my Ethernet cord now.
P.S. Sorry if you read all of that.