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Hackers could hijack mobile phones

The Local · 27 Dec 2011, 10:49

Published: 27 Dec 2011 10:49 GMT+01:00

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Karsten Nohl, who runs Security Research Labs in Germany, told the Reuters news agency that while hackers have been able to stage such attacks on a small scale, he believes multiple phones powered by GSM technology could be compromised at the same time.

“We can do it to hundreds of thousands of phones in a short time frame,” he told Reuters.

Roughly 80 percent of world mobile phone users, including practically everyone in Germany, use GSM networks. Mass attacks against phones in the networks could be particularly insidious because users wouldn't realize their phones had been compromised until they received their monthly bill.

Nohl is set to present his findings at a Chaos Computer Club conference on Tuesday, although he will not be providing technological details.

He told Reuters that not all wireless providers are equally secure. Germany’s T-Mobile offers decent protection against hacking attacks, but other providers are much weaker, he said.

In any event, no wireless provider provides 100 percent protection against hackers, although many could improve their security simply by updating their software, he said.

“None of the networks protects users very well,” Nohl told Reuters.

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Your comments about this article

15:44 December 27, 2011 by Jibzy
Thankfully i have a SMS flat package.
21:30 December 27, 2011 by raandy
The handy is like the old party lines of yesteryear. Best to keep your conversation generic. Person to person still remains the only way for a private conversation and that can be compromised.
18:16 December 28, 2011 by Illogicbuster
@raandy. OR, one could have knowledge of technology...

08:35 January 4, 2012 by shahislam
My case will surely help Rupret Murdoch: He'd be benefited, should my posting comes to his knowledge.

Please read how reality will become better:

In this rapidly developing digital communication era, it is possible to find out electronically the exact whereabouts of hackers. But only need to abolish some privacy laws allowing Internet controller by (and only now, by current most honest US political power & Govt.) openly declared a simple new policy of unrestricted access to records of every member of the Global Public (it's being done secretly -just like a thief does, by an elusive party) and this minor change will reward USA to remain still the best Humanitarian and Political Power in the World. Good guys have nothing to be afraid about because their digital records won't be even checked when honest guys openly take control of monitoring!

Regardless, such laws be made or not, a few dishonest manipulators, just like operators of an elusive but Fake Crocodile, are now and in the future forever will monitor each and every global citizen's records of activities. Therefore, every good citizen everywhere should blindly demand the early mentioned change in privacy laws.

In North-America, the negatively powerful bad lawmakers (appointed by too greedy businessmen / Dealers of OIL, Drugs and War-Weapons with same qualities and mentalities of bullying wealthy thugs) will never want to pass such public benefiting laws, unless the public become aware of overall impact of this apparently simple but highly significant change causing factors.

The more members of the Global Public gets to know about such things, the faster will be the positive change. Even slow progress is Okay, as these information in the digital networks are indestructible and sooner or later going to financially benefit mainly every hard working citizen of USA and elsewhere.

I have personally collected numerous proofs and digital evidences of how a few inhumanly -bad guys inside public power handling authorities can virtually take form of a 'dishonestly too powerfiul Elusive Crocodile' that even exist in Canada's great Judicial system and my voice is either 'not being heard' or 'heard but not addressed by fearful good heads' despite providing them some clear like day-light evidences and also in 'black and white.'

I know, the same inhumanly -bad guys exist in our same territorial power of USA too and only the Public of North-America can change the practice of dishonest manipulation of the laws in the old judicial systems.

I Forgot to mention at the beginning that: By phone hacking and /or similar means the Elusive Crocodile in Canada have manipulated too many of my personal records, voice recordings, Reporters' transcripts etc. in the Government's files and records including the Crown Corporation's and Canada's Great judicial systems'.

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