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Billion devices could be controlled with built-in management tools by hackers

by paganinip on August 4th, 2014

 

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Security researchers have discovered that billions mobile devices could be remotely controlled due the presence of a built-in management tool.

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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Re: Billion devices could be controlled with built-in management tools by hackers

So.............this management tool that is built in can it be deactivated?? Or removed by the manufacturer???

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Re: Billion devices could be controlled with built-in management tools by hackers

That is a scary one.  And impersonating a cell tower is quite cheap in terms of the hardware you need.

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Re: Billion devices could be controlled with built-in management tools by hackers

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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