This 60 Minutes report should scare all smartphone users
The company breaks into devices to look for flaws before the 'bad guys' find them. This company has never met a phone it couldn't crack, and when asked if an iPhone is safer than an Android handset, one of the team members says that "all phones are the same." He also says that with the information that they can get from a hacked handset, the company can find out the whereabouts of the phone's owner, know where they go to work, spy on their phone calls, and read their texts.
CBS decided to see if Security Research Lab could actually hack into a handset and pull out all of this information. The network sent an off-the-shelf iPhone from CBS News in New York to Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and gave the guys at Security Research Labs the green light to do their thing. The only information that 60 Minutes gave the researchers was the phone number of the iPhone.
Luckily, most hackers don't use SS7 to break into your phone. At least not yet. Lookout co-founder John Hering told 60 Minutes that every system can be broken into and that it is just a matter of knowing how to break into it. He says that there are only two types of companies in the world today. They are those who have been hacked, and those who have been hacked but don't know it.
Hering says that where most people go wrong when it comes to mobile security, is not thinking of their smartphone as a computer. To prove how vulnerable smartphone users are, Hering and a group of ace hackers got together in a hotel room in Las Vegas. Using a spoof of the hotel's Wi-Fi landing page, he cracked the reporter's handset, accessed her email, had her credit card numbers and more.
Hering points out that most smartphone users won't be subjected to the kind of attack that he put the reporter's phone through. But he says that if security issues aren't talked about now, the future will
Everyone who uses a smartphone needs to watch this segment. You can do so by clicking on the video below.
source: 60 Minutes via BGR