A US congressman has learned first-hand just how vulnerable cellphones are to eavesdropping and geographic tracking after hackers were able to record his calls and monitor his movements using nothing more than the public ten-digit phone number associated with the handset he used.
Security experts say breaking into an unencrypted smartphone is easier than you think -- and they've spied on a US Congressman's phone calls to prove it.
German computer engineer Karsten Nohl told "60 Minutes" in America that all a hacker needs is a phone number.
From there, Nohl says hackers can "track [the owner's] whereabouts, know where they go for work...spy on whom they call and what they say over the phone. And you can read their texts."
A data breach in the U.K. has compromised personal information of over 15,000 new and expecting parents. According to reports, hackers targeted the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) last week, exposing email addresses, usernames, and encrypted versions of member passwords. Luckily, no sensitive data nor financial information was accessed by attackers, and the organization has already contacted all affected parties.
I am in Brussels. And I am scared. Very scared... of the probable security backlash following last month’s terrorist attacks.
I don’t want to live in a city where everyone is viewed with suspicion by the authorities, because it won’t stop there. Suspicion is infectious. When misappropriated and misdirected, suspicion becomes racism and prejudice—two of the key ingredients that led the attacks on the morning of Tuesday, March 22.
The popularity of personal health information (PHI) is increasing among hackers, and its value continues to escalate on the black market. Medical information is especially enticing for hackers because it includes personal details such as height and eye colour that can be used to create fake identities. According to a recent FBI presentation, stolen health insurance information fetched a price of $60-70 (£42-49) on the black market, as opposed to less than a dollar for a Social Security Number.