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[ISN] Vodafone Sure Signal femto flaws could enable widespread phone hacking
By Phil Muncaster
14 July 2011
Self-styled security research collective The Hacker's Choice has
revealed flaws in Vodafone's Sure Signal femtocell product which it
claims could allow hackers to listen to other Vodafone UK users' calls,
access their voicemails and even make calls via the victim's phone.
The revelations come as media mogul Rupert Murdoch's empire comes under
increasing pressure as cases of alleged widespread voicemail hacking by
News International journalists continue to come to light.
The Hacker's Choice explained in a blog post and more fully in a wiki
entry that it had managed to reverse-engineer the equipment, which acts
as a home router to boost a mobile phone's 3G signal when indoors, and
turn it into a "full blown 3G/UMTC/WCDMA interception device".
The group said that it found two main flaws. The first allows anyone,
not just registered customers, to use the femtocell device. The second
turns it into an International Mobile Subscriber Identity grabber for
any phone within 50 metres.
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