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After it was reported last month that online dating app Tinder had a security flaw, which allows strangers to see users’ photos and matches, security firm, Appsecure has now uncovered a new flaw which is potentially more damaging.
Infiltrators who exploit the vulnerability will be able to get access to users’ account with the help of their login phone number. The issue has, however, been fixed after Tinder was alerted by Appsecure.
Appsecure says, the hackers could have taken advantage of two vulnerabilities to attack accounts, with one being Tinder’s own API and the other in Facebook’s Account Kit system which Tinder uses to manage the logins.
In a statement sent to The Verge, a Tinder spokesperson said, “Security is a top priority at Tinder. However, we do not discuss any specific security measures or strategies, so as not to tip off malicious hackers.”
The vulnerability exposed the access tokens of the users. If a hacker is able to obtain a user’s valid access token then he/she can easily take over a user account.
“We quickly addressed this issue and we’re grateful to the researcher who brought it to our attention,” The Verge quoted a Facebook representative as saying.
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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Hackers have proven just how urgently a gaping flaw in the global telecoms network, affecting what’s known as Signalling System No. 7 (SS7), needs to be fixed. In a video demonstration, shown to Forbes ahead of publication today, benevolent hackers from Positive Technologies were able to […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?
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It’s 11am, I”m up to my eyeballs in work, and a man I have yet to meet is asking, via text, how I like to be worshipped. With your silence, is what I’m thinking. Why I chose to relax my no-digits-before-dates rule this time is a mystery. Was it because he asked, politely? Because he seemed charming and harmless? Or was it just boredom? Initially, I greeted his textual come-ons with jokes, then politely demurred when he tried to ratchet it up a notch. Read More….
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Cell phone numbers are particularly valuable, as they have become the modern-day equivalent of your wallet. Your mobile device contains valuable information like your contacts list (a great way to get a list of your friends—future identity theft targets), affinity
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Even where users have chosen strong passwords and taken extra security measures, their Facebook accounts are not safe from hackers. Researchers have proven just that by taking control of a Facebook account with only a phone number and some hacking skills to exploit the SS7 network, a core piece of telecoms infrastructure shown to be […]
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German security experts say hacking into a smartphone is much easier than one would think giving digital thieves the ability to potentially track a person’s calls, texts and whereabouts. To demonstrate their findings, a team of experts spied on a phone used by US Congressman Ted Lieu from California, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology, who agreed to use an off-the-shelf iPhone knowing it would be hacked.
In an interview with “60 Minutes” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, Berlin-based Karsten Nohl of Security Research Labs and a team of hackers highlighted how digital pickpockets can exploit mobile phones using a flaw in a global mobile network called Signalling System Seven (SS7) – a little-known, but essential network that connects mobile phone carriers across the globe
Using the congressman’s phone number, Nohl, who has a doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Virginia, was able to exploit that flaw to intercept and record calls, view his contacts, read his texts and even track his movements.
“Any choices that a congressman could’ve made, choosing a phone, choosing a pin number, installing or not installing certain apps, have no influence over what we are showing because this is targeting the mobile network,” said Nohl.
They also automatically logged the number of every phone that called Congressman Lieu as well. Lieu said this list, in a typical congressman’s phone, could include other members of Congress and elected officials.
“First, it’s really creepy. And second, it makes me angry,” said Lieu. “They could hear any call of pretty much anyone who has a smartphone. It could be stock trades you want someone to execute. It could be calls with a bank. Last year, the president of the United States called me on my cellphone. And we discussed some issues. So if the hackers were listening in, they would know that phone conversation. And that’s immensely troubling.”
A significant risk to political leaders, business executives and high-ranking officials whose private phone conversations could fetch a high price in the Dark Web, Nohl says the SS7 flaw is actually an open secret among the world’s intelligence agencies. He also notes that the key flaw lies in the mobile network itself.
“Mobile networks are the only place in which the problem can be solved,” said Nohl. “There is no global policing of SS7. Each mobile network has to move — to protect their customers on their networks. And that is hard.” According to Nohl, all phones are the same and no one phone is more secure than the other.
Hacker and co-founder of the mobile security company Lookout, John Hering, also assembled a group of ace hackers in a hotel room with the 60 Minutes team. The group of hackers who were in Las Vegas for Defcon – one of the largest hacker conferences in the world – try to identify security vulnerabilities in order to protect the public.
They created a “ghost” version of the hotel’s Wi-Fi, which Alfonsi connected to, through a process called “spoofing”. Once she was connected, they were able to access her email, pull her phone number, credit card information, recent purchases and track her movements using ride-sharing app records. They could also take control of her phone’s camera.
Hering does note that while the average person isn’t likely to be exposed to these types of attacks, it is important to be aware of the possibility of such security breaches.
“Our goal was to show what’s possible,” said Hering. “So people can really understand if we don’t address security issues, what the state of the world will be. We live in a world where we cannot trust the technology that we use.”
These findings come amid rising concerns about the growing threat of cybercrime that ranges from identity theft and high-profile security breaches to cyberwar and cyberterrorism. According to the 2015 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research, as much as $16bn (£11.2bn) was stolen from 12.7 million US consumers in 2014 which means there was a new identity fraud victim every two seconds that year. Business on the Dark Web is also booming, according to a report by Dell, where “customer-friendly” hackers offer a variety of illicit goods and services on the cheap.
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A year after pro-democracy protests filled the streets of Hong Kong, the city has become a target of multiple, and sophisticated, cyber attacks. Hong Kong cyber security watchdog Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team said there has been a 38 percent rise in hacking attacks since last year. Nicholas Thomas, a Professor at the City University of Hong Kong, said it is unclear who is behind these cyber attacks. “With what’s been going on the Hong Kong side, there’s been no direct tie to the Chinese government, or any government agencies. That is possible of course. But this could equally be Chinese hacker groups who are displaying some nationalist tendencies in cyberspace and doing this under their own steam,” said Thomas. Since August of last year there have been more than 1,175 phishing attacks, where users’ data and computers are compromised after clicking on an attachment to an email. But cyber attacks in the city have not been limited to phishing methods. Western security experts say hackers are using more sophisticated techniques, such as Google Drive and Dropbox to hack into democracy activists’ devices. Hackers are also using “white lists,” which compromise the data of certain visitors to some websites. […]
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