Flaws in 4G and 5G networks lets anyone listen in on calls, fake texts and track your location

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It seems not even next-generation 5G networks are safe from security flaws.

A team of researchers have discovered three new vulnerabilities in both 4G and 5G networks that could allow anyone to intercept your phone calls, fake text messages and track your location.

Study - Carriers - Phonemakers - Networks - Speeds

The study comes as carriers and phonemakers are preparing for 5G networks, which promise faster speeds, to launch around the world.

Researchers from Purdue University and University of Iowa conducted the study and will present their findings at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego on Tuesday.

Person - Knowledge - Paging - Protocols - Attack

'Any person with a little knowledge of cellular paging protocols can carry out this attack,' Syed Rafiul Hussain, one of the paper's co-authors, told TechCrunch.

The worst of the three attacks, called Torpedo, takes advantage of a flaw in a network's paging protocol.

Protocols - System - Phones - Calls - Texts

Paging protocols comprise the system that notifies phones of incoming calls and texts.

The researchers discovered that if they placed and cancelled a flurry of phone calls over a short time period, it would send a paging message without alerting the phone owner to an incoming call.

Attacker - Victim - Location

In doing so, the attacker is able to track the victim's location.

To carry out the Torpedo attack, all it takes is a $200 device...
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