Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Though we've known for a while that our phones could be hacked through one method or another, one thing we never suspected was that our SIM cards themselves could be turned against us. Recent research has found that your phone, among half a billion other devices around the world, could be susceptible to hackers – unless your carrier acts fast.
For three years, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl has discovered encryption and security flaws that could allow hackers to access your personal information and use your phone to commit fraud, according to Forbes. Nohl and his research team at Security Research Labs tested almost 1,000 SIM cards and found that just under 25% were able to hacked. Susceptible phones use Data Encryption Standards (DES), a system that was developed in the 1970s. Because encryption standards vary around the world, Nohl estimates that one-eighth of the world's SIM cards could be vulnerable to the hack.
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