OMTP calls for boost to handset security

In an effort to set the agenda for handset security, the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) has published two documents setting out its recommendations for tightening mobile security over the coming years, as services such as pay-per-view TV and m-commerce arrive on handsets.

The OMTP--a group formed by handset makers and mobile network operators, has issued the proposals to counter the threat from hackers seeking to exploit stolen or blocked mobiles by reprogramming their ID number.

OMTP managing director Tim Raby said: "The new recommendations form the secure backbone for forthcoming mobile applications, particularly those that focus on handling sensitive data. With m-commerce predicted to explode, operators need to ensure that their subscribers are 'invisibly' protected against potential security threats, so that their mobile transactions can be dealt with in confidence."

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