A hacker wanting to demonstrate the security holes in our current GSM Cellular Phone network built a device that can listen in on and tap cell phone conversations on some carriers. This device is most likely totally illegal states an FBI spokesman. But this hacker is not trying to gain corporate secrets or steal your credit card information. He is simply showing the world and hopefully the cell phone companies that this cell phone eavesdropping device is not only possible but easy and cheap to build.
The attack Chris Paget showed Saturday illustrates weaknesses in GSM, one of the world’s most widely used cellular communications technologies.
“GSM is broken – it’s just plain broken,” he said.
GSM is considered 2G, or “second generation,” cellular technology. Phones that run on the newer 3G and 4G standards aren’t vulnerable to his attack.
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