At a time of intense debate on electronic privacy and security, two researchers have hacked a Verizon device. They claim to have converted it into a mobile spying station.
The issue of confidentiality is one that has sparked a series of attempts at maintaining the internal integrity of the online user base as well as those communicating via electronic devices. Especially after Edward Snowden leaked top secret documents, which proved that the US was spying on the rest of the world, the whole problem has taken on a grave demeanor. The two researchers who demonstrated the way they had hacked Verizon devices proved once and for all that the company’s attempts at fool-proofing its devices had utterly failed. Although Verizon had updated its systems and installed programs meant to ward off hackers, the precautionary measures proved fruitless. Hardheaded hackers can find ways of breaking the code.
According to Reuters, Verizon operated by a series of femto-cells which can be bought for $250 each. Second-hand models sell for $150 per head. The two experts gave a demo in which they showed how by employing a Verizon femto-cell that had been hacked they could eavesdrop on text messages, pictures and calls. Some details were left out so that other hackers couldn’t get a chance to attempt the same thing. They also plan to show their skills at the Black Hat Conference to be held in Nevada sometime in the future. Verizon meanwhile is ready to face the criticism. Company bosses acknowledge that threats change with each passing minute.
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