Pierluigi Paganini February 04, 2019
Metro Bank is the first bank that disclosed SS7 attacks against its customers

Metro Bank has become the first major bank to disclose SS7 attacks against its customers, but experts believe it isn’t an isolated case. A new type of cyber attack was used for the first time against the Metro Bank, threat actors are leveraging known flaws in the SS7 signaling protocol to intercept the codes sent via […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 28, 2017
The Twitter account of the popular security expert John McAfee was hacked

The official Twitter account of popular cyber security expert John McAfee was hacked today, hackers used it to promote alternative cryptocurrencies. The official Twitter account of legendary security expert John McAfee was hacked today, attackers used it to send several tweets promoting alternative cryptocurrencies like Siacoin, NXT, XRP, PTOY, and BAT. At the time of writing, there aren’t further info related to the attack, John McAfee explained […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 19, 2017
Researchers demonstrate how to steal Bitcoin by exploiting SS7 issues

Hackers have exploited security weaknesses in SS7 protocol to break into a GMail account, take control of a bitcoin wallet and steal funds. In June 2016, researchers with Positive Technologies demonstrated that it is possible to hack Facebook accounts by knowing phone numbers by exploiting a flaw in the SS7 protocol. The technique allows bypassing […]

Pierluigi Paganini November 08, 2016
Abusing protocols in LTE networks to knock mobile devices off networks

A group of researchers from Nokia Bell Labs and Aalto University in Finland demonstrated how to hack protocols used in the LTE networks. We discussed several times the rule of the SS7 signaling protocol in mobile communications and how to exploit its flaws to track users. When mobile users travel between countries, their mobile devices connect to the infrastructure of a […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 15, 2016
Hacking Facebook Accounts with just a phone number through the SS7 protocol

Hacking Facebook Accounts with just a phone number is possible, experts from Positive Technologies demonstrated it exploiting flaws in the SS7 protocol. Hacking Facebook accounts by knowing phone numbers it is possible, a group of researchers from Positive Technologies demonstrated it. “Researchers have proven just that by taking control of a Facebook account with only a phone number […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 10, 2016
Researchers hack WhatsApp accounts through SS7 protocol

White Hackers from Positive Technologies demonstrate how to exploit SS7 protocol to impersonate WhatsApp and Telegram users and act on their behalf. Both WhatsApp and Telegram messaging services have implemented the end-to-end encryption for chats in order to protect the privacy of their users and improve their security. Is it enough to keep prying eyes far from them? No, according to a […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 18, 2015
SS7 flaw allows hackers to spy on every conversation

By Exploiting a flaw in the SS7 protocol hackers can access every conversation and text message mobile users send from everywhere in the world. Hackers can spy on every mobile phone user wherever it is. Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes has revealed the existence of a security hole in modern telecommunication systems that could be exploited by […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 29, 2014
SS7 Attacks and Potential Breaches in Telecommunication Leading to Chaos.The Ukraine case.

Recent revelations have made it clear that SS7 breaches can occur, thanks to the vulnerabilities of such a set of protocols for telecom. Hackers can take advantage of these threats, like they have done in the past, as German researchers warn. The example of Ukraine and Russia highlights the danger crawling towards countries wishing to […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 18, 2014
Surveillance – How to secretly track cellphone users position around the globe

Using the proper surveillance systems available on the market it is easy and quick to track cellphone and the movements of targets everywhere on the globe. We recently discussed the decision of Wikileaks to publish copies of the criticized surveillance software FinFisher, highlighting the dangers for the militarization of the cyberspace and in particular for […]