Samrtphone Safety:Your Phone is Not As Safe As you Think
It seems that there is no stopping technology from developing. We now have the world at our fingertips (literally) because of the invention of smartphones. Calls, texts, emails and many other things can now be accomplished with just a few flicks of your finger on your smartphone screens. But with advancements comes challenges and one of the most important challenge that the smartphone industry is facing, is the security of these devices. Apparently, all you need to hack into a smartphone is a phone number!
Representative Ted Lieu of California was bold enough to give permission and join a German computer engineer named Karsten Nohl in a small demonstration in which all of his movements were tracked and a portion of his call was recorded too. All of these were achieved by Nohl with just the representative’s phone number. This demo is aired by “60 Minutes” which is owned by CBS last April 17th, 2016.
Nohl and his team of hackers have a German based company which provides computer security advice to Fortune 500 companies during the day but turns into a research lab for flaws and vulnerabilities in smartphones, USBs and sim cards at night. The call that Nohl recorded from representative Ted Lieu was a call made by Sharyn Alfonsi. She is the CBS’s “60 Minutes” correspondent. And she said, “As soon as I called Congressman Lieu on his phone, Nohl and his team were listening and recording both ends of our conversation.” Seems to me that all smartphone developers together with the mobile network companies should get together with Karsten Nohl to address this problem.
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