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Research report shows faulty cell phone security
Posted: 01-Mar-2005 [Source: Mobile Competency]

[New report from Mobile Competency says hackers exploit a faulty authentication mechanism to access mobile voicemail systems.]

Mobile Competency's Mobile Viewpoint research report "Faulty Cell Phone Security Leaves Millions Exposed" unveils how hackers have exploited a faulty authentication mechanism to get access to mobile voicemail systems. The first step to fixing the problem is requiring password-protected access, regardless of the voicemail access method or user's location. Cingular, Sprint and T-Mobile subscribers appear to be most at risk. Which -- if any - providers are safe?

Two recent high-profile cell phone hacks (a Secret Service agent and Paris Hilton) made us wonder whether our own mobile privacy was intact. It wasn't. We were able to hack into our own cell phone voicemail systems to change passwords and manipulate options, including capturing caller names and numbers. Our hands-on research found that hackers have exploited two flaws to gain access. Customers of Cingular, Sprint and T-Mobile are at risk. Nextel and Verizon appear safer.

Mobile Competency's mission is to educate and guide CIO's and IT Managers through the complex business and technical issues relating to mobility and how it affects enterprise efficiency and profitability.

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