Thursday, January 31, 2019

New security flaw impacts 5G, 4G, and 3G telephony protocols

Researchers have reported their findings and fixes should be deployed by the end of 2019.
A new vulnerability has been discovered in the upcoming 5G cellular mobile communications protocol. Researchers have described this new flaw as more severe than any of the previous vulnerabilities that affected the 3G and 4G standards.

Further, besides 5G, this new vulnerability also impacts the older 3G and 4G protocols, providing surveillance tech vendors with a new flaw they can abuse to create next-gen IMSI-catchers that work across all modern telephony protocols.This new vulnerability has been detailed in a research paper named "New Privacy Threat on 3G, 4G, and Upcoming5G AKA Protocols," published last year.According to researchers, the vulnerability impacts AKA, which stands for Authentication and Key Agreement, a protocol that provides authentication between a user's phone and the cellular networks.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Apple ‘knew FaceTime could let people spy on you a WEEK before telling us..

APPLE was reportedly told that its FaceTime app could let strangers spy on you more than a week and a half ago.
This will come as a shock to many iPhone owners, as Apple only confirmed the bug's existence late on Monday, January 28.

It comes as security experts revealed this morning that an Apple iCloud bug let anyone read your private iPhone notes.

The Face Time bug meant that anyone could call your FaceTime and listen in through your microphone, without you ever accepting the call.

In some cases, it was even possible to secure a live video feed of the victim – without their knowledge or consent.

Apple has temporarily disabled Group FaceTime while it prepares a "fix" this week, but the company supposedly knew about the bug days prior to the 9to5mac reveal.

According to the New York Times, 14-year-old Grant Thomas, from Arizona, discovered the bug on January 19. The teen found that he could use FaceTime video chats to eavesdrop on his friend's phone before his friend had answered the call.

His mother Michele reportedly sent a video of the hack to Apple the very next day, warning over a "major security flaw".