Congressman requires probe of longstanding cellular safety flaw
It is no secret that Signaling System 7 — a set of essential protocols that outline how telephone calls, messages and knowledge are routed via networks — is flawed. Because of a current report by 60 Minutes, although, a minimum of one member of Congress was spooked sufficient to attempt to do one thing about it. In accordance with The Every day Dot, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is now calling for a full investigation into the flaw that permit a well known safety researcher monitor his motion by means of Los Angeles and report his telephone calls with out his information.
“The purposes for this vulnerability are seemingly limitless, from criminals monitoring particular person targets to overseas entities conducting financial espionage on American corporations to nation states monitoring US authorities officers,” Lieu wrote in a letter to the chairman and rating member of the Home Committee on Oversight and Authorities Reform. Curiously, Lieu did not increase the potential of governments quietly eavesdropping by itself residents — perhaps that was already a given.
In case you missed it, Lieu was given an off-the-shelf iPhone by the 60 Minutes crew, after which proceeded to make use of it for work calls… with the categorical understanding that it is perhaps hacked. Not lengthy after, Safety Analysis Labs’ Karsten Nohl — who introduced the SS7 flaw to prominence about two years in the past — was capable of entry the congressman’s privileged info. Lieu was proper to have been involved: as a result of the SS7 protocols dictate how networks cope with routing textual content messages, roaming and extra, the flaw can depart telephones open to snooping no matter what working system they run. For now, the one actual approach to maintain your dispatches protected is to make use of apps — like Sign and now WhatsApp — that encrypt your communications finish-to-finish.