Another anti-privacy invention! Now anyone can intercept your cell phone calls
By Stela Roman
A computer security researcher has built a device that can intercept cell phone calls and record everything that's said. The invention costs $1,500.
Chris Paget, the hacker, said that GSM is considered 2G, or "second generation," cellular technology. Phones that run on the newer 3G and 4G standards aren't vulnerable. On one hand, this invention illustrates that criminals could do the same thing for malicious purposes. On the other hand, it showes once again how easily our privacy wall can be broken not only by the government, now legally, but almost by every person that is willing to pay $1,500.
If you're using an iPhone or other smart phone and the screen shows that your call is going over a 3G network, for example, you are protected. But if you're using a type of phone that doesn't specify which type of network it uses, those phones are often vulnerable, Paget said.
Ok so we can't hack 3G or 4G this year. Wait another year and someone will be able to hack that. It never ends. All cellular communications can be intercepted with the connivance of the cellular carriers once the call has reached their towers and is on its way to its destination.
People's opinions on this topic is mainly the same: «Never post a comment on a computer or cell phone that you wouldn't want displayed on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Right now it is impossible to maintain a secure connection. This is just a fact of life!»; «When it comes to security in any area persons should never take anything for granted.»; «Always assume someone is listening to what-ever you say at any time or place. Think before you speak.»; «I never speak of anything secret or important when I'm on any type of phone. This way you never get into trouble!»
After numerous incidents on Internet and the recent Patriot Act, it seems that people are tired to complain about right violation, they slowly start to forget about their privacy.
Cell phone technologys architecture is starting to become mostly based on cell phones being exploited to advantce it's technology rather than trying to meet the consumers expectations and demands. You can find various unuseful apps and options but you won't find security.