Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

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

Date:
December 9, 2010
Source:
Université du Luxembourg
Summary:
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.

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.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Université du Luxembourg. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

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 April 23, 2014 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 April 23, 2014).

Share This



More Computers & Math News

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Monkeys Are Better At Math Than We Thought, Study Shows

Monkeys Are Better At Math Than We Thought, Study Shows

Newsy (Apr. 23, 2014) — A Harvard University study suggests monkeys can use symbols to perform basic math calculations. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet

High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet

AP (Apr. 22, 2014) — The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. (April 22) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Aereo Takes on Broadcast TV Titans in Supreme Court Today

Aereo Takes on Broadcast TV Titans in Supreme Court Today

TheStreet (Apr. 22, 2014) — Aereo heads to the Supreme Court today to fight for its right to stream broadcast TV over the Internet -- against broadcasters who say the start-up infringes upon copyright law. TheStreet Deputy Managing Editor Leon Lazaroff explains the importance of the case in the TV industry and details what the outcome of it could mean for broadcasters and for cloud storage services -- as Aereo allows its subscribers to not just watch live TV shows but also store content to a DVR in the cloud. Video provided by TheStreet
Powered by NewsLook.com
Lytro Introduces 'Illum,' A Professional Light-Field Camera

Lytro Introduces 'Illum,' A Professional Light-Field Camera

Newsy (Apr. 22, 2014) — The light-field photography engineers at Lytro unveiled their next innovation: a professional DSLR-like camera called "Illum." Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins