Security Flaw! Mobile Phone Network

For past few months some troubles has come into light related to network communication. Enormous safety flaw in mobile phone networks that might let hackers snoop in on voice calls and declaim text messages exposed. This make a lot of people worried as they are very much interested in their privacy. An immense security flaw that could let hackers attend in on private calls and read text messages has been exposed. The flaw is in a total telecom network called Signal System 7 that helps phone haulers across the world, counting AT&T and Verizon, route calls and texts.

The errors, to be reported at a hacker session in Hamburg this month, are the newest in a string of chief flaws in the system. Professionals say it’s increasingly clear that SS7, first considered in the 1980s, is pierced with serious susceptibilities that weaken the confidentiality of the world’s billions of cellular customers that worries the companies also.

Security Flaw

This was all cleared in the The Washington Post, which first exposed flaws in the system earlier this year. The flaws exposed by the German researchers are essentially functions built into SS7 for other tenacities such as observance calls linked as users speed down highways, swapping from cell tower to cell tower.

However, hackers operated out a way to refigure the features for reconnaissance because of the absence security on the network. This is a major issue which has to be solved urgently as mentioned by different experts.

Although the level of the errors has not yet been exposed, it is supposed hackers can discover callers wherever in the world, attend to calls as they ensue or record hundreds of coded calls and texts at a time for later decryption.

Different theories and statements were issued by many researches all over the world. Tobias Engel, one of the German researchers mentioned in the Washington Post: ‘It’s like you protect the front door of the house, but the back door is wide open.’ There also is possibility to deceive users and cellular carriers by using SS7 functions, as notified by the researchers to the cell companies, but up till now no big action has been seen for averting this crisis. The American Civil Liberties Union has even advised people in contradiction of using their handset in nimble of the breaches.

As a new notion come into light when principle technologist Christopher Soghoian declares that. ‘Don’t use the telephone service provided by the phone company for voice. The voice channel they offer is not secure. You can use Face Time, which is built into any iPhone, or Signal, which you can download from the app store. ‘These allow you to have secure communication on an insecure channel.’

Many of the big intelligence agencies probably have teams that do nothing but SS7 research and exploitation. They have likely sat on these things and quietly exploited them.’ He also trusts that security agencies could be using the flaws; this will be a huge accusation against the security details or firms that are managing all the critical information or software setup.


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Greg Helms

Associate Professor of Journalism - TWB media