SIM Card Security Flaw Exposing 750 Million Cell Phones

SIM Card

SIM Card

Outdated encryption is to blame for a new risk on your cellular device. According to a report by SRLabs and research which will be presented at BlackHat on July 31st, the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card can be hacked in a few ways, including through SMS messages.

According to SRLabs, SIM cards use 56-bit DES encryption – a technology created in the 70s. Using what is called FPGA clusters, a SIM can be crackable. SRLabs is looking to make aware these issues, then recommend a better SIM card technology, SMS firewall and SMS filtering so simple hacking techniques cannot access SIM card data.

It is reported that over 750 million SIM cards are vulnerable to this hack. That is 1 in 8 SIM cards, according to Karsten Nohl of SRLabs. An improperly encrypted SMS message – along with use of a custom Java program – can open the SIM to the malware. A hacker can do anything from change your voicemail to access your personal information on the SIM card.

In some phones, most information is stored on the phone and not the SIM. In some phones, SIM data can also include bank information, passwords to websites and programs and more. However, as we move to mobile and wearable devices, more SIM cards will be used to connect people to cellular networks.

 

 

 

GNC #701 Back to Business

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I talk about constraints tonight, you will notice show is 1:23:00 I have realized I have been feeling constrained and rushed with the 1:10:00 limit I imposed on myself. Unless I get a barrage of email begging me to go back the show is going back to a semi un-constrained time limit.

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GNC #668 Show Dedicated to Derek Miller

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GNC #667 Big Media wants a Fight!

Ohana, over the past month I have been entertaining an offer that would have resulted in new owners of Geek News Central, and the Geek News Central Podcast. The offer was a darn good one and while I would have remained the host of the show it boiled down to I am not done yet. While I am sure I will question my decision for a while, as it was a “really” good offer and the team that was looking to acquire the show was top notch it just did not make sense to do it. Some more insights in the show today, but I just want to assure all of you I am not going anywhere.

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Sony declines Congressional Invite?
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Don’t waste your money!
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Retro iPhone Charger.
Reduce the Volume Automatically.
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Some people get good Genes.
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AT&T deals?
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Measuring the White iPhone.
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Another Nuclear Leak.
IOS 4.3.3 to plug Tracking.
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GNC-2011-03-31 #659 Green Screen Mania

If you have not watched the video for the show in a while, take a little while and watch it today when I post it, as I employ Green Screen on the show for the first time. I want to congratulate our Seagate Drive winner Justin Stockman. Lots of cool video clips to review in some of the articles tonight folks so pay attention to the show note links.

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SQL Injection Attack!
Slice HD to real!
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Meteor Radar?
Up close with Mercury.
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Failed Star place to look for Aliens?
Sun Image Spectacular.
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Hard Time for Movie Uploader.
Windows Phone 7 by the Numbers.
Last Pair of Nail Clippers.
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Water Leak Alarms.
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Cool Commercial.
Roku goes Retail.
Old School Emulators.
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Google Versus Demand Media.
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GNC-2011-02-24 #650 Chinese Hacker Conspiracy

Bit of Soap Box time tonight folks. Plus as chance to win a Apple TV be sure to listen to win. Entry email you will need is podcast@podcastconnect.com I share a little insight into some announcements we made today. Make sure you are signed up for the newsletter as that is the quickest way to get information on new show releases. We are half way to show 700 amazing how time flies. Big thanks to Trucker Tom for the Audible endorsement. You will want to get your free trial below!

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Discovery Last Flight.
Alien Matter Discovered
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Android Bootloader for Xoom.
South Korea Residents get 1GB to Home.
AirDrop
MobileMe RIP
USB 3.0 Someday?
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Cookies and Credit Cards.
Apple Face Time.
Red Communist Chinese Hackers go after Oil.
Have you been to your Library?
CR48 Day 3
Rent Tool
Five Linux Audio Packages.
Google Cloud Connect.
Will Amazon Impact Netflix?
Pay TV Comeback?
LavNav
iPad Paintbrush.
BTDigg
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Pitfalls of Mobile.
In Depth Xoom Review.
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Content Farms days Numbered.
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Helium 3 in Short Supply.
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Who to be worried about more the Chinese or Anonymous?

In recent weeks it has become very evident that Anonymous is a group that anyone running publicly accessible servers should avoid pissing off. While Anonymous publicly embarrasses those companies and sites they go after, the Chinese on the other hand are much more sinister.

As reported this morning on Bloomberg the business of industrial espionage is alive and well. It has been revealed that a significant number of oil industry servers containing highly sensitive data at Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc have essentially been owned by the Chinese government for some time.

What possibly could the Chinese want from the servers from those companies, well potentially trillions of dollars in new oil well finds, that the Chinese can just put a rig over and pump out for their countries own consumption. The for mentioned companies are not being very forthcoming but hackers had access to their networks for over a year.

Multi-National companies like these need to get their collective heads out of their asses and get their networks secure. The same goes to US Government infrastructure, power, water, sewage etc etc etc.

Maybe I am just a paranoid retired Navy guy, but if you think the Chinese government is our friend you have to be smoking crack. While I am sure the majority of Chinese people are lovely people, the goals of their Government are such that companies large and small better start improving their security yesterday.