New research finds significant vulnerabilities in mobile phone technology
ccording to new research which will be presented at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on July 31, significant vulnerabilities in mobile phone technology can potentially put at least half a billion handsets at risk of attacks that can be carried out remotely by hackers.
Noting that the bug gives hackers the ability to remotely gain control of, as well as clone, certain mobile SIM cards, Berlin's Security Research Labs - the German firm which has discovered the bug and will describe the vulnerabilities at the forthcoming Black Hat hacking conference - said that compromised SIMs can potentially be used by hackers to either commit financial crimes or engage in electronic spying.
With the use of outdated, 1970s-era cryptography apparently being the reason behind the vulnerabilities, Security Research Labs' expert cryptographer Karsten Nohl said that mobile handsets can be tricked into granting access to the location of the device, SMS functions, and authorizing changes to the voicemail number of the users.
The research has been described as "hugely significant" by United Nation's Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN group which advises countries on cybersecurity issues. The group intends alerting telecom regulators and other government agencies in around 200 countries about the potential threats from the vulnerabilities.
About the research, ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré told Reuters: "These findings show us where we could be heading in terms of cybersecurity risks."
Intensifying the race to develop the so-called ‘robotaxis,’ Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has decided to join a BMW-led alliance to develop self-driving or autonomous vehicles.
Electric car maker Tesla Motors is enjoying a rapid expansion in its used car business, prompting analysts to predict that the company is on the track to triple its used inventory sales.
Technology major Microsoft Corporation has rebuffed Consumer Reports findings on its popular Surface range of tablets and laptops.
Tesla Motors has received tremendous response for its electric vehicles despite their high price tag.
As automobile giants and customers are turning their attention from conventional cars to electric cars, the lack of charging stations continues to discourage many.
While Tesla is yet to officially unveil its next-generation electric semi truck, a report in Reuters added a new turn to the already swirling rumors by claiming that the next-generation truck will have self-driving capabilities.