by paganinip on August 4th, 2014
Two researchers at Accuvant Labs, Mathew Solnik and Marc Blanchou, have recently discovered the existence of built-in vulnerabilities in a large number of mobile devices that would allow an attacker to gain complete control of the smartphone.
The researchers also provided a few details on the attack scheme which is based on a rogue base station (femtocell) and needs that a mobile device its proximity, the security flaw is related to a device management tool carriers and manufacturers embed in the majority of mobile devices for remote assistance.
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That is a scary one. And impersonating a cell tower is quite cheap in terms of the hardware you need.
All the more reason for me to stick with my non Android, non iOS phone. I have been looking to change carriers and checking out phones. Not!
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