British Mobile Phone Hacking: How did It Happen?
Posted by finid
on July 14, 2011
Category : Commentary
Tags : mobile security
Sure you must have read about the British mobile phone hacking scandal. That’s the one where News of the World journalists reportedly hacked into the voicemail of about 40,000 mobile phone accounts.
How do you think they managed to pull that of? I have no idea, but the folks at Lookout, a mobile security outfit, thinks they have an idea how.
According to Lookout:
There are multiple techniques that News of the World newspapers might have used to hack into phones. One method takes advantage of poorly password protected voicemail accounts.
Attackers might also use social engineering to impersonate a user or otherwise trick a third party (for example, carrier support personnel) into resetting access codes and thus granting them access to an account.
Get the details here and find out how you can protect yourself.