The attack scenario takes advantage of vulnerabilities through the over-air (Um) interface between a mobile phone and the base transceiver (image: Ralf-Philipp Weinmann)
Weinmann identified weaknesses in Layer 3 of the GSM Um interface stack
A University of Luxembourg researcher has demonstrated a new type of attack against mobile phones that allows hackers to gain control of the phones without detection (Photo: Garry Knight)
Hackers equipped with inexpensive radio hardware and open source software can compromise your mobile phone, listen to your conversations, intercept your data, or rack up huge bills on premium services, all without you knowing. Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, a cryptologist at the University of Luxembourg Laboratory of Cryptology and Security, has discovered a new type of over-the-air attack on mobile phones, and at the 2010 DeepSec conference in Vienna demonstrated how the exploit could be used against nearly any mobile phone.
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