. . . Computer security expert Darren Hayes said law enforcement agencies, major corporations and the wireless industry have responded slowly to the spike in mobile phone thefts, leaving individuals as well as businesses vulnerable.
“Smartphones have become such an extension of our lives with all of our personal information on them and criminals recognizing its mass appeal,” said Hayes, a professor and computer information systems program chair at Pace University in New York. “Professionally, there are some corporate network administrators who can control their company servers from their smartphone. While it’s convenient, it could also put them at risk and could be the biggest source of data loss if they are stolen.
“We could see a potential nightmare emerging,” Hayes said.
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