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Could GSM phones have a major security flaw?

0. phoneArena 27 Dec 2011, 08:24 posted on

An expert on mobile phone security, Karsten Nohl, head of Germany's Security Research Labs, said today that a "vulnerability" in the GSM network could allow a hacker to take control of any GSM phone and make unauthorized phone calls or send unauthorized texts...

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posted on 27 Dec 2011, 09:04 1

1. brenner182 (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Well this is bad news bears all over the place.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 20:09

6. tuminatr (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


the simple answer is yes, I don't remember witch collage tech lab successfully cloned sim cards and intercepted and listened to calls over the air about five years ago

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 09:34 1

2. Conan_Kudo (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Most carriers didn't upgrade their security algorithms when they made the transition to UMTS from 2G GSM. So... yeah... We've known about this for a long time now...

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 10:36 1

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5723; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Well, I don't have GSM service, and if memory serves, CDMA has yet to be hacked, so I am feeling pretty good. Bummer for the GSM folks, however. Especially if the security hole is due to carrier laziness. Nothing like a lawsuit to compel the carriers to tighten up their security.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 11:26

4. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I doubt anyone has been able to do this with AT&T GSM phones.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:00 1

5. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


I just wanted to say droid x doug i accidently hit the thumbs down and not up.....so phantom thumbs up and on an account of false pressing thumbs down. lolz.

Iphone is only great cuz people that are not tech savy enjoy structure, those who are tech savy enjoy freedom.

That could be applied to society, people with very little knowledge on how to live enjoy structure, those that know them selves and limits, enjoy societal freedom.

You could almost talk about soul evolution here. young souls are numb to experience, and old souls well they are just old.

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 07:16

7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


iPhone definitely has a lot of tech savy users, proof?? Cydia and its 3rd party apps.. theres also a huge jailbreaking community out there..

bottom line is, both Android and iOS has their own tech savy users and those who just doesnt give a sh*t and just wanna use their phone normally..

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 11:24

8. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Um... what?

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 18:17

9. LordBonztie (Posts: 51; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


been hacking gsm carriers for 5 years now. enjoying free internet. thank you.

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 02:27

10. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


This sucks for people living in developing countries, since the corporate companies on the said locations don't listen to anyone. They just like to make a lot of money for themselves... Never mind the consumers, who do not have an option btw.

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