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Undetected evesdropping on cell phones: Common errors in cell phone programming can leave phones vulnerable

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December 9, 2010
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Université du Luxembourg
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A new class of attacks against mobile phones has been noted. Using a base transceiver station (available for 1000 euro) a researcher showed how common programming errors in the communication stack of mobile phones can be exploited to gain control of the devices.

A researcher at the University of Luxembourg has demonstrated a new class of attacks against mobile phones at the security conference DeepSec in Vienna. Using a base transceiver station (available for 1000 euro) he has shown how common programming errors in the communication stack of mobile phones can be exploited to gain control of the devices.

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Ralf-Philipp Weinmann found devastating flaws in a large percentage of cellular communication stacks. According to him, sufficiently motivated attackers are able to attack phones in a way that is almost undetectable. Vulnerable cell phones can be taken over if they are within the range of the rogue transceiver, which may mean hundreds of phones at a time in crowded urban areas. Attackers can cause billing problems by either dialing premium numbers or sending text messages to premium services; or they can monitor the complete communications of the cell phone user.

Eavesdropping on nearby cell phones is also possible by making the vulnerable cell phone pick up incoming calls automatically -- without the user noticing.The attacking transceiver needs to be online for just a couple of seconds to perform the attack.

The University of Luxembourg, is working together with a number of vendors for both cellular communication chips and mobile phones. The objective is to fix the security flaws found and to prevent similar flaws from happening in the future.


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Université du Luxembourg. "Undetected evesdropping on cell phones: Common errors in cell phone programming can leave phones vulnerable." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 December 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101209074201.htm>.
Université du Luxembourg. (2010, December 9). Undetected evesdropping on cell phones: Common errors in cell phone programming can leave phones vulnerable. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 1, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101209074201.htm
Université du Luxembourg. "Undetected evesdropping on cell phones: Common errors in cell phone programming can leave phones vulnerable." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101209074201.htm (accessed February 1, 2015).

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