Congressman calls for probe of longstanding mobile security flaw

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It's no secret that Signaling System 7 -- a set of crucial protocols that define how phone calls, messages and data are routed through networks -- is flawed. Thanks to a recent report by 60 Minutes, though, at least one member of Congress was spooked enough to try and do something about it. According to The Daily Dot, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is now calling for a full investigation into the flaw that let a well-known security researcher track his movement through Los Angeles and record his phone calls without his knowledge.
"The applications for this vulnerability are seemingly limitless, from criminals monitoring individual targets to foreign entities conducting economic espionage on American companies to nation states monitoring US government officials," Lieu wrote in a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Curiously, Lieu didn't raise the possibility of governments quietly eavesdropping on its own citizens -- maybe that was already a given.
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