Ritter and his colleague, Doug DePerry, demonstrated for Reuters how they can eavesdrop on text messages, photos and phone calls made with an Android phone and an iPhone by using a Verizon femtocell that they had previously hacked. “This is not about how the NSA would attack ordinary people. This is about how ordinary people would attack ordinary people,” said Tom Ritter, a senior consultant with the security firm iSEC Partners. Verizon said it has updated the software on its signal-boosting devices, known as femtocells or network extenders, to prevent hackers from copying the technique […]
Here’s the video from yesterday’s testimony in Washington. C-SPAN has cut it into three parts, but you can watch the entire session here. I have not embedded the last part as C-SPAN has not made it available. You can read a summary at Edible Apple.
Smartphones are beginning to replace hotel key cards. Developers have also been given access to the locations of 250 million phones in the US. Which scares you more?
KDDI Corporation is one of the biggest phone companies in Japan and they’ve developed a phone that can track every movement of the person using their phone and send the information back to their boss. It works by analysing the movement of accelerometers, found in many handsets. Activities such as walking, climbing stairs or even cleaning can be identified, the researchers say. The KDDI system, is able to detect more complex behaviour by using analytical software – held on a server back at base – to match patterns of common movements. For example, the KDDI […]
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