Telecommunications


  • After years of warnings, mobile network hackers exploit SS7 flaws to drain bank accounts

    May 3, 2017

    Experts have been warning for years about security blunders in the Signaling System 7 protocol – the magic glue used by cellphone networks to communicate with each other. These shortcomings can be potentially abused to, for example, redirect people’s calls and text messages to miscreants’ devices. Now we’ve seen the first case of crooks exploiting the ...

  • Russian-controlled telecom hijacks financial services’ Internet traffic

    April 28, 2017

    On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies were briefly routed through a Russian government-controlled telecom under unexplained circumstances that renew lingering questions about the trust and reliability of some of the most sensitive Internet communications. Anomalies in the border gateway protocol—which routes large-scale ...

  • TalkTalk hack attack: Two men plead guilty to customer data theft

    April 27, 2017

    Two men have pleaded guilty to hacking into TalkTalk’s website in October 2015 and stealing thousands of customer records containing sensitive data. Matthew Hanley, 22, of Devonshire Drive, Tamworth admitted to three offences under the Computer Misuse Act. The Metropolitan Police said that he confessed to breaching TalkTalk’s site, had obtained files that would enable the ...

  • Hackers Can Steal Your Passwords Just by Monitoring SmartPhone Sensors

    April 11, 2017

    Do you know how many kinds of sensors your smartphone has inbuilt? And what data they gather about your physical and digital activities? An average smartphone these days is packed with a wide array of sensors such as GPS, Camera, microphone, accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity, gyroscope, pedometer, and NFC, to name a few. Now, according to a team ...

  • Millions Of Smartphones Using Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip Can Be Hacked Over-the-Air

    April 4, 2017

    Millions of smartphones and smart gadgets, including Apple iOS and many Android handsets from various manufacturers, equipped with Broadcom Wifi chips are vulnerable to over-the-air hijacking without any user interaction. Just yesterday, Apple rushed out an emergency iOS 10.3.1 patch update to address a serious bug that could allow an attacker within same Wifi network to ...

  • Nato to spend £2.6 billion on satellites, cyber security and drones

    March 27, 2017

    Nato will announce plans to spend €3bn (£2.6bn) on upgrading its satellite and computer technology over the next three years, a senior official has said. As the alliance adapts to new types of warfare it hoped the technology will deter hackers, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) acknowledges conflicts are increasingly fought out online rather than in the air, on land or at sea. The ...

  • Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

    March 12, 2017

    Smartphones from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, ZTE, Oppo, Vivo, Asus and Lenovo have been spotted sporting malware they apparently carried when they were shipped. The malware discovered by Check Point Software Technologies included info-stealers, ransomware like Slocker; Loki, which shows “illegitimate advertisements” to generate revenue while stealing device information; and information stealers. Check Point says it found infections ...

  • UK crime agency arrests suspect in Deutsche Telekom cyber attack

    February 23, 2017

    British authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a cyber attack that infected nearly 1 million routers used to access Deutsche Telekom’s (DTEGn.DE) internet service, German federal police said on Thursday. Britain’s National Crime Agency detained the 29-year-old Briton at one of London’s airports on Wednesday, the police said in a statement. Deutsche Telekom welcomed the ...

  • iOS Cracking Tools Allegedly Stolen from Cellebrite Get Dumped Online by Hackers

    February 3, 2017

    We may finally have the answer to one of the big mysteries of 2016 – how did Cellebrite manage to help the FBI break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. The answer seems to be repurposing other existing cracking tools used to jailbreak iPhones. One hacker broke into Cellebrite’s servers last month, stealing 900 GB of ...

  • Apple iPhone 7 is being hardened to handle military-grade secrets

    January 25, 2017

    The iPhone 7 is being turned into a phone capable of safeguarding military-level secrets for the UK armed forces. Telecoms giant BT is hardening the security of the device to allow UK military personnel to use it to discuss ‘secret’ matters and for storing sensitive data. Describing the iPhone 7 as the “device of choice” for the ...

  • Hackers Hacked Phone Hacking Company

    January 13, 2017

    Cellebrite made the news several times in the last 12 months or so, pretty much because of the company’s phone hacking capabilities and its involvement in the San Bernardino scandal when it was asked to break into the iPhone used by a terrorist. This time, however, Cellebrite is making the headlines because of a different reason: ...