Monday, August 02, 2010

Hacker shows how he can intercept cell phone calls with $1,500 device (video) "A security researcher showed in a live demo today how he can intercept cell phone calls on 80 percent of the world’s phones with just about $1,500 worth of equipment.

"Chris Paget, who also showed yesterday how he can hack into radio frequency identification tags (RFID) from a distance, created a fake cell phone tower, or Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) base station. GSM is the protocol for 80 percent of the world's phones and is used by T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S. The demo was not, Paget said, a malicious attack in any way.

"Military and intelligence agencies can intercept cell phone calls with their wiretapping technology. But Paget simply wanted to show how vulnerable the cell phone network is and how hackers could intercept calls for a small amount of money. He used a couple of large antennae (pictured with Paget) and a laptop with some other equipment."

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