With all the malware and bad stuff your phone is susceptible to and the snoops that carriers have turned on there was one thing that was still virgin about your phone and that has fallen to evil.
German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally found encryption and software flaws that could affect millions of SIM cards, and open up another route on mobile phones for surveillance and fraud all in just three years of research.
Nohl, who will be presenting his findings at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on July 31, says his is the first hack of its kind in a decade, and comes after he and his team tested close to 1,000 SIM cards for vulnerabilities, exploited by simply sending a hidden SMS. The two-part flaw, based on an old security standard and badly configured code, could allow hackers to remotely infect a SIM with a virus that sends premium text messages (draining a mobile phone bill), surreptitiously re-direct and record calls, and — with the right combination of bugs — carry out payment system fraud.
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- Sim Card Hack Exposes Millions of Phones Worldwide (iClarified.com)
- SIM Card Flaw Exposes Millions of Phones to Hijacking (guardianlv.com)
- Millions of Phones Could Be Vulnerable to This SIM Card Hack (gizmodo.co.uk)
- SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones (fedcyber.com)
- SIM cards vulnerable to hacking, says researcher (pcworld.com)