SMiSh or Phish?

Logica has warned over a new form of online attack, 'SMiShing'.

SMiShing is the mobile text message equivalent of computer phishing attacks, where users are tricked into handing over valuable private information or persuaded to go to fake websites where spyware and other malicious programmes can be downloaded.

SMiShing basically takes a 'social engineering' approach to spam, in that it attempts to take advantage of a subscribers' lack of knowledge. This variation of spam does not directly attack handsets like a virus would. The hackers responsible for it are financially driven to exploit legal loopholes and the latest technologies to get hold of personal data. Recent attacks have included false online dating subscriptions and job offers via SMS, asking users to go to websites to unsubscribe the service