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Is GSM encryption safe from prying ears?
Posted: 07-Dec-1999 [Source: Wired News]

["Alex Biryukov and Adi Shamir describe in a paper to be published this week how a PC with 128 MB RAM and large hard drives can penetrate the security of a phone call or data transmission in less than one second." ]

Israeli researchers -- have discovered design flaws that allow the descrambling of supposedly private conversations carried by hundreds of millions of wireless phones.

Alex Biryukov and Adi Shamir describe in a paper to be published this week how a PC with 128 MB RAM and large hard drives can penetrate the security of a phone call or data trans mission in less than one second.

The flawed algorithm appears in digital GSM phones made by companies such as Motorola, Ericsson, and Siemens, and used by well over 100 million customers in Europe and the United States. Recent estimates say there are over 230 million users worldwide who account for 65 percent of the digital wireless market.

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