SS7 hack explained: what can you do about it?

An episode on CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday evening probably alarmed a number of people as it demonstrated how hackers could remotely take over your cell phone and watch you through your camera without anything indicating to you that your camera was in operation, etc.

Samuel Gibbs reports:

Hackers can read text messages, listen to phone calls and track mobile phone users’ locations with just the knowledge of their phone number using a vulnerability in the worldwide mobile phone network infrastructure.

The exploit centres on a global system that connects mobile phone networks, and can give hackers, governments or anyone else with access to it remote surveillance powers that the user cannot do anything about.

But how can this happen, is it currently being used and what can you do about it?

Read more on Guardian.

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