You might think that by not clicking on strange links from your phone, you’re keeping your mobile device safe from identity theft attacks. Unfortunately, some recently revealed research shows you may not be so safe, after all.
German mobile security expert Karsten Nohl says he has found a weakness in certain SIM cards which could allow hackers to listen to phone conversations and steal personal information.
“We can remotely install software on a handset that operates completely independently from your phone,” Nohl told The New York Times. “We can spy on you. We know your encryption keys for calls. We can read your SMSs (text messages). More than just spying, we can steal data from the SIM card, your mobile identity, and charge to your account.”
Nohl discovered the flaw as part of a widespread research project. He and his team tested about 1,000 SIM cards in Europe and North America over two years, and found that about one quarter of the SIM cards tested were susceptible to theRead More »from SIM card vulnerability could lead to widespread phone hijacking