We’ve all heard about phishing attacks — those spammy e-mails you get in your in-box imploring you to divulge your personal information. Now those annoying scams are coming to a cell phone near you — it’s called smishing, or phishing via SMS text message.
Text messaging is the most common nonvoice use of a mobile phone, and scam artists are taking full advantage of that. In fact, according to security firm Cloudmark , about 30 million smishing messages are sent to cell phone users across North America, Europe, and the U.K. Smishing is part of the much larger SMS spam problem. In the U.S. alone, there has been an almost 400 percent increase in unique SMS spam campaigns in the first half of the year. (See Video)