Experts Commentary On 1 Billion Mobile Users Vulnerable To Ongoing ‘SimJacker’ Surveillance Attack

Researchers on Thursday disclosed what they said is a widespread, ongoing exploit of a SIM card-based vulnerability, dubbed “SimJacker.” The glitch has been exploited for the past two years by “a specific private company that works with governments to monitor individuals,” and impacts several mobile operators – with the potential to impact over a billion mobile phone users globally, according to by researchers with AdaptiveMobile Security.

Simjacker has been further exploited to perform many other types of attacks against individuals and mobile operators such as fraud, scam calls, information leakage, denial of service and espionage,” said researchers with AdaptiveMobile Security in a post breaking down the attack, released Thursday.


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Sam Curry, Chief Security Officer,  Cybereason
September 16, 2019
This particular breach is yet another reminder to the telecommunications industry that prevention is of utmost importance.
AdaptiveMobile's espionage discovery shouldn't surprise mobile carriers or phone users as the attack surface is increasing both from a corporate and consumer information standpoint, and hackers are clearly taking advantage of it. This particular breach is yet another reminder to the telecommunications industry that prevention is of utmost importance and their overall inability to detect and respon ....
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Simon Rodway , Pre-sales Solution Consultant,  Entersekt
September 16, 2019
Regulatory bodies in the financial industry are slowly starting to heed these warnings as SMS OTPs’ risks.
Since our inception, Entersekt’s position has been that SMS OTP is not secure and SimJacker is just another reason to justify this position. Security experts have known about SMS technology flaws for some time and have regularly warned organisations about them. Regulatory bodies in the financial industry are slowly starting to heed these warnings as SMS OTPs’ risks to consumer security overtak ....
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