[News] DES SIM Card Security Breach Puts 750 Million Mobile Phone Users In Danger

Your SIM card is now hackable!

Your SIM card is now hackable!

Thought your mobile phone SIM card is an un-hackable nutshell? Well, you might have to rethink about it because it is now officially “breakable.”

A German researcher, Karstetn Nohl from Security research Labs revealed the hole of GSM encryption. Hackers can remotely break into some outdated DES (Date Encryption Standard) SIM cards and access your personal data with just a personal computer less than 2 minute.

“Give me any phone number and there is some chance I will, a few minutes later, be able to remotely control this SIM card and even make a copy of it,” Nohl said to Forbes.

With only a couple fake text messages sending to your phone that claims coming from a carrier, there is quarter chance that you will receive an error message back containing a set of 56-bit digital key from DES SIM card. With the code, hackers can send malware to the SIM card via text message. From then on, the hacker can monitor the phone calls, hijacks the data and identity on the phone.

Up to 750 million SIM cards could be hacked. Fortunately, many wireless carriers now adapt the newer and more secure triple DES SIM card. GSMA (Global System for Mobile Association) has already notified the security flaw to the SIM card manufactures and vendors. Experts are now striving to find out the optimal solution for the breach. Nohl will give more detail about the research process in the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on August 1st.

He suggests the industry to take action on such matter and gradually phase out the SIM cards to eliminate the security vulnerability. Consumers using SIM cards more than 3 years old ideally should request for a new card.

 

Related reading:

Google Releases Patch to OEM for Serious Android Security Loophole

Most Androids Vulnerable Due to Outdated Firmware

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10 Common Facebook scams 2013 -Part 2.

Have you kept the first 5 common scams on Facebook that we talked about in our last post? If you need a little recap, check out 10 Common Facebook scams 2013 <Part 1>.

Ready? Now, let’s get into the next 5!

6.         Phony message on Facebook

  • Scammer from Facebook team: A phishing scam spotted by GFI Lab early this year. You will go through 5 pages of question for a security check after clicking on the link. Once the scammer has your information, it will start to spam your friends or use your identity and card information to purchase things you will never receive.
Phony message from Facebook Team spotted by GFI Lab

Phony message from Facebook Team spotted by GFI Lab

  • Check out my new Camera: I’ve seen too many times that my friends try to show me their new shopping trophy through Facebook chat; while we all know the link of the pictures will not take you to their new camera or new clothes,  but some spams or malware.
  • I need your help (and money!): Your friend won’t ask for your help by just leaving a Facebook message, especially when s/he needs your financial support. A tip to keep in mind, they usually ask you to transfer money via Western Union or other uncommon financial institute. Be cautious!

7.        Customize you Facebook:  Apps to find out who unfriend you, to change your Facebook color or getting “Dislike” button are just a few tricks of the scammers. Scammers usually insert adware, malware into the browser extension or plugins.

Red Facebook Hoax

Red Facebook Hoax

One of the most popular scam on Facebook early this year is the make-your-Facebook-red scam. After clicking the link 계속 읽기

10 Common Facebook scams 2013 -part 1.

By March 2013, Facebook just reached 1.11 billion active users; I believe you or your friends are one of the 1.11 billion users. However the fast growing numbers of Facebook users indeed greatly raise the concerns of spamming on social network.  We list out 10 common Facebook scams for you to prevent from being fooled! We will share the first 5 today and the rest on Friday so stay tuned!

1.       See who’s looking at your Facebook?

You may have seen posts in your timeline like this. Telling you to click on the link and follow the steps to find out who is stalking your Facebook or blocking you. Well, it just won’t work because Facebook didn’t give any apps developer the permission to access such user data they need.

2.       Too good to be true

There’s no such thing as a free lunch! People always fall for the scam of getting free stuff. Here are some common freebie traps for you to keep in mind:

  • Free Facebook credit: gamers on Facebook! It costs real money by using credits to plant corns or raise pets on Facebook. There is no way they will be given out for free!
  • Freebies: such as “2 Free Southwest airline tickets by clicking the button” or “Take the survey to get free subway.”2 free tickets and a free subway sound like a good deal! Unfortunately they are not real deal. This scam can also be seen on Instagram and spam email. In some cases, people took the survey and were expecting a free subway coupon to come to their mail; but instead, they received a charge fee on their phone bill.
2 free SW ticket

2 Free Southwest tickets scam

  • Free iPad & iPod: Don’t be silly. This  is definitely just another marketing trick!
  • Limited time offer of free app goodies: Take LINE as an example, a popular messaging app available on Android and iPhone. Occasionally you will see some promotion like this ”Leave your LINE ID and your phone number in the comment in 24 hours to get this stickers for free.” Follow the instruction then you will never get the free sticker but the complaint from your friends of you spamming their Facebook!

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