Monday, July 22, 2013

Mobile Phone SIM Vulnerability Could Allow Easy Hack of Phones

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It seems every time you turn around these days, there is another security threat of some kind looming.
 
Today comes word of one that I find incredibly serious.  It seems that according to the New York Times, there is a defect in the encryption of many mobile phones with SIM cards that can allow nefarious types to create a malware infection that could cause all kinds of security problems from your mobile phone.
 
According to Karsten Nohl, who is a security expert in Germany, "We can remotely install software on a handset that operates completely independently from your phone," warned Nohl, who said he managed the entire operation in less than two minutes using a standard PC. "We can spy on you. We know your encryption keys for calls. We can read your SMSs. More than just spying, we can steal data from the SIM card, your mobile identity, and charge to your account."



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