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AT&T’s cellular network is vulnerable to malicious hackers that ultimately hijack your data, along with 47 other cell phone carriers, allowing the hijacker to intercept information such as calls, text...
05-21-2012, 12:17 PM #1
Your iPhone Can Be Hijacked Over Its Cellular Network
AT&T’s cellular network is vulnerable to malicious hackers that ultimately hijack your data, along with 47 other cell phone carriers, allowing the hijacker to intercept information such as calls, text messages, and cellular data as discovered by some researchers from the University of Michigan. The vulnerability affects all AT&T smartphones including Android phones and the iPhone and even includes computers using cellular connect cards. The vulnerability is a problem because once the data is intercepted, a malicious hacker can inject malicious data into the traffic passing between devices and ultimately leaves the user unknowingly affected.
This kind of hijacking gives the malicious hacker the ability to redirect phone users to duplicitous Web sites, which attempt to mimic those of legitimate ones to steal user login credentials and scam people out of their money. According to Ars Tecnhica, the vulnerability is caused by a firewall system that AT&T (and other carriers) implemented to attempt to keep hackers out of the cellular data. That being said, the security measure is ironically the cellular carrier’s Achilles’ heel:
Originally Posted by Ars Technica
The hijacking vulnerability is just another reason why users should not rely on an open, public network to do their banking, personal Facebooking, and other things that can cause detrimental damage to a person. Cellular networks are as public as unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Banking and Facebooking should be saved for your personal computer on wired or secured Wi-Fi networks such as that in your home as this will be a way of guarding yourself from this cellular hijacking.
Sources: Ars Technica
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 05-21-2012 at 03:23 PM.
05-21-2012, 12:31 PM #2
Very misleading title.
05-21-2012, 12:40 PM #3
wow hate on ATT much? That can be said on just about any device regardless of encryption, you just have to know how to get in.
05-21-2012, 01:08 PM #4
"47" is a large number of other carriers to be placing so much heat on AT&T. The title really should be edited for clarification because this looks really, REALLY bad.
05-21-2012, 01:13 PM #5
Old news this has been on tv in the uk a couple of years ago!
05-21-2012, 01:48 PM #6
the title is soo mis-leading. Why doesn't it also say, Verizon iPhone Can Be Hijacked Over Cellular Network.. or Sprint? Just delete the carrier name and it will be a better title.
05-21-2012, 01:50 PM #7
Well this is maliciously happening to me as we speak! Old news or not, I would like to know how to stop it. I've already lost my job and my GF of 4 years in part to this. I've damn near lost my mind. It doesn't matter what I do as far as the device. I've used an iPhone 4 forever and swapped for a Skyrocket ... Just a day or so and strange stuff started happening again. Gave that to my mom for Mother's Day and got an Old 3GS... Not even JAILBROKEN and blam... They find a way in...iPhone 4S iOS 5.0 Non JB
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05-21-2012, 01:50 PM #8
Epic fail on the title. Even your article says "The vulnerability affects all AT&T smartphones, tablets, and computers using cellular connect cards, including Android devices and the iPhone." So why title it "AT&T iPhone....". Your bias is obvious. Why not list all other "47" providers too? Maybe title it "Data interception problematic on 47 cellular carriers".
05-21-2012, 01:53 PM #9
05-21-2012, 01:57 PM #10
What is this, junior high? Sheesh. Just fix the thread, and let's stop such juvenile chatter... smh
05-21-2012, 02:04 PM #11
Thank you, this looks much more professional.
05-21-2012, 02:05 PM #12
05-21-2012, 02:09 PM #13
A majority of the titles on this board are very misleading. That is just the style of Mmi! That is also why I wouldn't consider Mmi reputable!
05-21-2012, 02:38 PM #14
Also, I wouldn't go as far to call the site not reputable. This is a legit story and something that needs to be brought to the attention of cell phone customers, the OP just REALLY did not put a lot of thought into the way he worded the title.
05-21-2012, 03:17 PM #15
Way to blame the user at the end there.
05-21-2012, 04:32 PM #16
05-21-2012, 06:31 PM #17
Very informative, insightful and SCARY!
05-21-2012, 07:17 PM #18
05-22-2012, 09:05 AM #19
05-22-2012, 09:53 AM #20
I get the sense that the author is anti-ATT. Who are the other 47 cell phone carriers with this same security issue?