Stolen iPhone, Broken Glass – SIM Card is Vulnerable

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Last week was one of the worst weeks I had in current history. Monday, someone broke into my car and stole my iPhone. Over the previous weekend my Google Glass stopped working. My Desktop also broke down (thankfully only a reload issue) and I even had a Notebook explode in my lap! I did have some fun last week as we went up north and relaxed on the boat for the day. Here’s to future weeks being less stressful. Thanks to Jennifer who made my crawling work a lot easier.

 

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Geek Smack: SIM Card Security – Vulnerable to Hackers

It’s been an interesting week for me on security and stolen phones, but there is another issue we need to address in security – your SIM card. According to SRLabs, the SIM card – that card your phone carrier puts in your phone to activate on a network – is using 56 bit DEC encryption. This technology was developed in the 1970s.

Hackers can get into a SIM card using an errant SMS message and Java technology to pull whatever is on your SIM card. This can be contacts, passwords and other information you may have on this card.

Over 750 million phones are open to this attack. That is 1 in 8 phones!

SRLabs is going to show their findings at the BlackHat conference on July 31st. They are going to recommend SMS Firewall and a better encrypted SIM in future phones.

Updated encryption means phone carriers will have to update their SIM identification programs. Most likely that would be a software upgrade. If they were to upgrade this today, we would see a 4-year process to clear out all old phones. End result might be any phone older than 2013 might not work on a carrier

Although phones such as iPhones and Android don’t rely on SIM cards to hold data, this could be a gateway into the phone itself. We at Geekazine wholeheartedly back SRLabs plan to update SIM card technology and get into 128-bit encryption.

 


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