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Hacking Facebook and WhatsApp signals to track 4G/LTE smartphone’s precise locations

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Hacking Facebook and WhatsApp signals to track 4G/LTE smartphone’s precise locations

Researchers have made a low-cost gadget to track the precise location of smartphones using 4G/LTE by hacking Facebook and WhatsApp signals. It was earlier thought that though such attacks could be targeted against the 2G and 3G enabled smartphones and 4G/LTE enabled smartphones are immune. to such attacks Security researchers have revealed how simply contacting somebody via WhatsApp or Facebook messenger can reveal a smartphone owner’s location by exploiting a security flaw in 4G mobile networks. According to researchers, a hacker could use the apps to discover the supposedly anonymised identifiers that are assigned to devices when they connect to a network. This can than be used to track their precise location. 4G/LTE enabled smartphones are expected to have a user base of about 1.37 billion people by the end of the year. The researchers assembled a $1,400 gadget which runs on freely available open-source software. The contraption can target 4G/LTE smartphones to leak their location to within a 32- to 64-foot (about 10 to 20 meter) radius and in some cases their GPS coordinates. The researchers said only tech savvy smartphone users can detect any intrusion made by their gadget. They also said that there exists a separate method that can track the […]

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Lafayette looking to install crime cameras at 52 locations

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The Lafayette Police Department soon will be keeping a watchful electronic eye on some city neighborhoods. The installation of crime cameras could begin this year at 52 locations, mainly areas in north Lafayette selected through a combination of input from the City-Parish Council and a review of crime statistics to pinpoint high-risk neighborhoods, said Police Chief Jim Craft. “What area has the most need? That’s what we want to look at,” Craft told a council committee Monday in an update of the crime camera program. The council last year approved the department’s request for $700,000 to buy the cameras and related equipment.There is an additional recurring expense of about $100,000 a year to keep the system running and for the Internet connections needed to link the cameras to the Police Department. Other communities have had a mixed experience with crime cameras, some touting them as effective crime-fighting tools and others questioning their value, but Craft said he believes the money will be a wise investment in a tool to extend the reach of the city’s officers. “We see them as force multiplier,” the chief said. Councilman Jay Castille agreed. “We don’t have enough patrol officers out there, and it’s going […]

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Visa hopes to track smartphone locations to prevent credit card fraud for travellers

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Currently most of us have to inform our bank by phone when we’re travelling to avoid purchases in other countries appearing as red flags for fraud and being declined. That could soon change as Visa looks to track smartphones with a service called Mobile Location Confirmation in order to help their security systems become smarter and reduce declined purchases by as much as 30%. While infrequent, unnecessary transaction declines can mean lost sales for retailers, additional customer service costs for financial institutions and, ultimately, frustration for the cardholder if unable to make a purchase when traveling… The service uses mobile geo-location data in real time as an additional input into Visa’s predictive fraud analytics. Finsphere Corporation, a leader in the use of mobile data and geo-spatial analysis, provides Visa an analysis of the account holder’s device location data, which is then matched with the transaction location in less than a millisecond, right at the point of sale. The service will be an optional one that your bank will have to implement and ask you to opt in to through their own mobile app. So it doesn’t necessarily mean you can avoid making the call entirely just yet, but Visa said “when a cardholder’s […]

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