Fellow member of the Security Bloggers Network - Brian Krebs and his superlative blog Krebs On Security provides a tour de force exposé of the unfortunate current security posture of the wireless carriers in the United States. Read it my friends, and weep for your mobile telephony, and the decidely non-righteous path the Carriers are on.
"If you are somehow under the impression that you — the customer — are in control over the security, privacy and integrity of your mobile phone service, think again. And you’d be forgiven if you assumed the major wireless carriers or federal regulators had their hands firmly on the wheel. No, a series of recent court cases and unfortunate developments highlight the sad reality that the wireless industry today has all but ceded control over this vital national resource to cybercriminals, scammers, corrupt employees and plain old corporate greed." - via the inimitable Brian Krebs at Krebs On Security
Three US Based Mobile Providers Still Selling User Location Data
The bad news was delivered to me on Tuesday afternoon by this outstanding post by Jon Brodkin, reporting for Ars Technica. Read it and weep my friends, as they will know you by your location... Think it's time to move to a dumb phone from your current leaky smartphone? Think again Binky, as your location can still be determined and sold (if only from triangulated tower geography when your phone mpves from cell to cell and registers with the tower).
"In June 2018, all four major US wireless carriers pledged to stop selling their mobile customers' location information to third-party data brokers. The carriers were pressured into making the change after a security problem leaked the real-time location of US cell phone users. But an investigation by Motherboard found that "T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are [still] selling access to their customers' location data and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country." - via Jon Brodkin, reporting for Ars Technica*
Ray Ozzie's (the former CTO of Microsoft Corporation (Masdaq: MSFT) that created Lotus Notes...) patented encryption plan is clearly not indicative of a tenable solution to the encryption problems governement agencies, and vendors like (Nasdaq: AAPL) are grapplig with like two behemoth Olympic wrestlers on a greased floor. In answer to this rigamarole comes in the form of a particularly interesting post hand-crafted by the inimitable Dan Goodin, at ArsTechnica, in which, the Good Mr.Goodin tells all. Today's MustRead. 20180506 Update: Read El Reg's Thomas Claburn's take on the Ray Ozzie crypto-solution, such as it is...
'According to Appthority’s proprietary Mobile Threat Risk Score, Uber, WhatsApp Messenger and Facebook Messenger are the riskiest Android apps commonly found in enterprise environments. The riskiest iOS apps found in enterprises are Facebook, Pandora and Yelp.' - via Helpnet Security
Well wrought thought piece on the use, and misuse, of prepaid cellular telephony hardware, the so-call Burner, and the effort to enforce regulations thereto. Entitled Burner Phones: Will Tightening Restrictions on Prepaid Cell Phones Solve Anything? Certainly today's Must Read post...