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Monday, March 19, 2018

Experts have told how the attackers are cashing in on subscribers of cellular networks

Fraudsters can intercept sms messages and use other vulnerability of cellular networks to receive money from the subscribers against their will. This was stated by experts in the field of information security, referring to a recent study.

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Allegedly, the cyber fraudsters with absolute assurance of success to intercept subscribers. Such attacks may lead to compromise of many mobile applications, services including public services and “mobile banks”.

Also, attackers can illegally send a short USSD-requests, which allows you to secretly sign a subscriber to an expensive service or directly take money from him. USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) — standard service in GSM, allowing to organize interactive communication between the network subscribers and service application in the mode of transmission of short messages.

Finally, virtually any cellular network operators in Europe and the Middle East, contains a vulnerability that could allow how to read destined to the subscriber of the message or listen to his telephone conversations, reports gazeta.ru.

In February, the specialists of the Central Bank of Russia drew attention to the fact that last year the volume of thefts from cards of credit institutions of Russian citizens has dropped by 10 per cent to 961 million rubles. Experts have suggested that the reason for this can be the active development of cryptocurrency and the shifting interest of hackers on them. By the way, shortly before this, the specialists from China noticed that some of the Internet sites leads to the introduction of the computer programs, “mainama” cryptocurrency for cybercriminals. As reported, the user might not even suspect, if not pay attention to the slowing down of computer.

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