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Over 1 Billion Mobile App Accounts Can Be Hijacked Remotely With This Simple Hack

Nohl, who will be presenting his findings at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on July 31, says his is the first hack of its kind in a decade, and comes after he and his team tested close to 1,000 SIM cards for vulnerabilities, exploited by simply sending a hidden SMS. The two-part flaw, based on an old security standard and badly configured code, could allow hackers to remotely infect a SIM with a virus that sends premium text messages (draining a mobile phone bill), surreptitiously re-direct and record calls, and -- with the right combination of bugs -- carry out payment system fraud.

Over 1 Billion Mobile App Accounts Can Be Hijacked Remotely With This Simple Hack

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Key to the hack is Java Card, a general purpose programming language used on 6 billion SIM cards. If operators need to update something on your SIM, for instance allowing interoperability with a carrier in another country, it will execute the right Java Card programs on your SIM by sending your mobile a binary SMS. This is a text message you will never see, sent through a method called over-the-air programming (OTA).

Nowadays, phreakers have evolved out of the analog technology era and become hackers in the digital world of more than two billion mobile devices. Mobile phone hackers use a variety of methods to access an individual's mobile phone and intercept voicemails, phone calls, text messages, and even the phone's microphone and camera, all without that user's permission or even knowledge.

If you really like to sow chaos, then you'll love this next feature: the ability to not only read but also send "SMS" messages. A simple way to use this would be to hack someone's Facebook by resetting their password with an SMS text, then use the code that is sent. You can use your own imagination for all the things you can do by sending messages from the target's phone.

Sappa Scean, um...yes. In fact if you even ask that question you need to start from the beginning, not jump right into here or you will very soon end up in prison. Illegal hacking can have state and federal ramifications. An actual hacker first learns how to hide his presence and how to cover his tracks. There are steps to take. True hacking also begins with research, social engineering, and information gathering long before you get to this stage. Please understand I am not trying to be rude or even talk down to you, I am trying to save you some huge mistakes...

The researchers believe this attack has been used in multiple countries, specifying that the S@T protocol is "used by mobile operators in at least 30 countries whose cumulative population adds up to over a billion people," primarily in the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, and Eastern Europe.

While configuring backup servers to its MySQL database, the Portland-based company failed to set up password protection, exposing the entire company. This simple mistake was overlooked for almost three months, which left over a billion people exposed to potential hackers. During these three months, all 1.4 billion accounts were posted to the internet for anyone to view.

Almost exactly a year ago, Chrysler announced a recall for 1.4 million vehicles after a pair of hackers demonstrated to WIRED that they could remotely hijack a Jeep's digital systems over the Internet. For Chrysler, the fix was embarrassing and costly. But now those two researchers have returned with work that asks Chrysler and the automotive industry to imagine an alternate reality, one where instead of reporting their research to the automaker so it could be fixed, they had kept working on it in secret---the way malicious hackers would have. In doing so, they've developed a new hack that offers a sobering lesson: It could have been---and still could be---much worse.

NAT is a router feature that provides your VoIP phones, computers, and other devices with a private IP address that can only be seen on your Local Area Network (LAN). This IP masking acts as a barrier between the phone and traffic from the open Internet. If a hacker can't discover the private IP address of your device, then he can't manipulate the device remotely.

This type of attack can be much more powerful compared with Bluejacking and even Bluesnarfing. The hackers can gain complete control over a mobile device without the slightest clue to the owner of the device. However, this form of hacking is extremely difficult and is only feasible on older mobile phone models with outdated firmware.

Instagram hacking is an ever-increasing problem. 1.22 billion people use Instagram each month, providing a wealth of opportunities for hackers to strike. Few of us take the right steps to protect our accounts and, along with the absence of Instagram's customer service, recovering a compromised account can seem impossible.


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