German researchers have uncovered a network privacy flaw in the mobile phone network used by almost every carrier on the planet that will let hackers intercept calls and text messages even on an encrypted line. The flaw was found on “SS7″ the global network the world’s networks use to route calls to one another. SS7 was designed in the 80’s and is being proven to have holes and flaws that will threaten the privacy on a world-wide level.
“It’s like you secure the front door of the house, but the back door is wide open,” said Tobias Engel, one of the German researchers.
“Many of the big intelligence agencies probably have teams that do nothing but SS7 research and exploitation,” said Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the ACLU and an expert on surveillance technology. “They’ve likely sat on these things and quietly exploited them.”
You can read more in an article by Alex Hernandez in the TechAeris web site at http://goo.gl/Puxf3P.