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Phone Hacking Fears and Facts

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Phone Hacking Fears and Facts

Apple’s ongoing standoff with the government over passcode-protected iPhones is still raising unprecedented alarms over smartphone security and privacy. For example, a 60 Minutes segment this week outlined several ways hackers can hijack phones from anywhere in the world to listen in on private conversations, read e-mails and even use phone cameras to spy on their owners. That hacking method exploited an unsecured, decades-old telecom protocol called Signaling System 7 (SS7) to tap into U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu’s (D–Calif.) mobile phone and listen to his conversations. Lieu gave his permission for the demonstration and now wants the House Committee on...

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Congressman calls for probe of longstanding mobile security flaw

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Congressman calls for probe of longstanding mobile security flaw

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,...

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