Mobile News| GSM Phones Are Defenceless In Terms of Hijack Scams According To a Research

Hackers will be able to gain remote control on phones and drill them to perform text messages or initiate call if wireless technology has some errors as stated by an expert on mobile phone security.

According to Karsten Nohl which was the head of Berlin-based Security Research Labs that, “They could use the vulnerability in the GSM technology — which is used by most telecom operators globally and by billions of people — to make calls or send texts to expensive, premium phone and messaging services in scams,”

Nohl was a respected expert on mobile security who was able to spot a bug issue on GSM technology from tapping to a defenceless call. “I am calling attention to these flaws to pressure the industry into beefing up the security of their products.” he said.

Hackers are not paying attention to devices such as smartphones, in which smartphones had already exceeded the sales of Pc’s and placed Mobile Security on hot issue.

There were only few errors found on GSM Technology from its 20-year history. They did not expect the effect of the new findings to the views of security on the technology according to Industry lobby group GSMA on Tuesday.

“The GSMA and its mobile network operator members are confident in the security of existing 2G GSM networks and real attacks on real networks against real customers are most unlikely,” they stated.

There were a few viruses identified by expert before, in which these viruses were designed to harm smartphones and gain remote control to perform text messaging or initiate calls. But according to Nohl, he had discovered remedies to terminate these viruses from performing illegal actions from vulnerable GSM technology that would harm hundreds of thousands of smartphones.

Nohl told Reuters while on a presentation entailing hacking discussion on a convention in Berlin last Tuesday, “We can do it to hundreds of thousands of phones in a short time frame,”
Malwares on smartphones like pop-ups are unpredictably increasing as people tend to save more and more valuable information on their devices – like saving company secrets, perform banking and function as digital wallets.

GSM became globally dominant in 1990’s in terms of mobile technology. Even there are many mobile networks dispersed throughout and are faster, operators still tend to you use GSM for non smartphone users and offer services when new network fails.

After the activist hacker group ‘Anonymous’ hacked the Strategic Forecasting Inc website, Berlin convention was conducted to investigate and make solutions to the issue. There were some names of business subscribers posted on the website.

Company landline phone system attacks are usually common, in which hackers often set up bogus premium-service on phone lines in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Fraudsters initiate a call to the hacked business phone system and steal money and leave immediately to avoid their activity being identified.

The phone user is basically unnoticed of what was happening until the bill tells him or her balance and the breakdown of its cost from the telecommunications carriers.

“Hackers will usually replicate the code needed for attacks within a few weeks” according to Nohl.

But on the other side, T-Mobile and France’s SFR from Germany offer their clients a tight security and protection from hackers who want to intercept their calls or track their movements or even steal their cash.

T-Mobile and SFR lead the rank of being secured and protected from harmful hackers that was resulted on a security research in gsmmap.org. In this case, researchers were hoping that this will heighten the awareness of operators and consumers on the vulnerability of their mobile communications.

According to Nohl, none of the networks protect users well after a research conducted on 32 operators in 11 countries. 32 operators on 11 countries tested by intercepting calls and impersonating someone’s device or tracking the device to test their credibility and all of them seem to be weak.

According to Nohl, for mobile telecom operators to be able to ensure security from harmful threats to the users, they have to update their software.

Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Slovakia, Switzerland and Thailand are countries that were reviewed by researchers.

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