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Flaws Allow Every 3G Device To Be Tracked 81

mask.of.sanity writes "New privacy threats have been uncovered by security researchers that could allow every device operating on 3G networks to be tracked. The vulnerabilities could be exploited with cheap commercial off-the-shelf technology to reveal the location of phones and other 3G-capable devices operating on all 3G compliant networks. It was similar, but different, to previous research that demonstrated how attackers could redirect a victim's outgoing traffic to different networks."
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Flaws Allow Every 3G Device To Be Tracked

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  • Intentional (Score:4, Interesting)

    by aaaaaaargh! ( 1150173 ) on Tuesday October 09, 2012 @05:15AM (#41594233)

    I believe these kinds of flaws are intentional. Just think about the early cell phone encryption standards, who were completely insecure despite having been designed by teams who should have known better.

    Governments and government-near task forces and interest groups have no incentive to make communication devices for the general population secure.

  • Re:Not thatbad (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 09, 2012 @05:34AM (#41594297)

    Bullshit. The police can set one up near any protest, make life hell for everybody who showed up, even if the protesters weren't breaking the law. It's been done before, why trust this time?

  • You know... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GeekWithAKnife ( 2717871 ) on Tuesday October 09, 2012 @05:48AM (#41594355)

    Richard Stallman, often considered a nutcase, once said that he won't use a cell phone because he does not want to be tracked.

    Whether by design, by accident or by the nature of the device, the fact is you can be tracked. Of course I don't care about that, because I have nothing to hide...then again what will this information be/is used for? big brother stuff, of course not!? Naturally, it's all just a big misunderstanding.

Solutions are obvious if one only has the optical power to observe them over the horizon. -- K.A. Arsdall