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Daily Dashboard | Researchers discover security flaws in 4G, 5G standards Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Sept. 20, 2019


Academics have discovered security flaws within the 4G and 5G standards they claim can be exploited to intercept phone calls and track users’ locations, TechCrunch reports. The researchers said an attack they developed, named Torpedo, can take advantage of a weakness in a phone’s paging protocol. After several phone calls are placed and ended in a short period, a paging message is sent without notifying the user of an incoming call. Hackers can use this flaw to track a person’s location, as well as open the device up to two further attacks. “Any person with a little knowledge of cellular paging protocols can carry out this attack,” Purdue University Graduate Research Assistant and co-author of the paper Syed Rafiul Hussain said.
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