Hacker Listens in on iPhone Call Using Just Its Phone Number [Video]

Hacker Listens in on iPhone Call Using Just Its Phone Number [Video]

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A German hacker in Berlin has demonstrated the ability to listen in on an iPhone call using just its phone number, reports 60 Minutes. Karsten Nohl, who has a doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Virginia, was able to listen to U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu's phone conversation from a computer in Germany.

We wanted to see whether Nohl's group could actually do what they claimed -- so we sent an off-the-shelf iPhone from 60 Minutes in New York to Representative Ted Lieu, a congressman from California. He has a computer science degree from Stanford and is a member of the House committee that oversees information technology. He agreed to use our phone to talk to his staff knowing they would be hacked and they were. All we gave Nohl, was the number of the 60 Minutes iPhone that we lent the congressman.

Hacker Listens in on iPhone Call Using Just Its Phone Number [Video]

Notably, the hack could have been performed on any phone, not just an iPhone. Nohl discovered a vulnerability in Signaling System Seven(SS7), a little-known but important global network that connects phone carriers.

The SS7 is a significant risk to political leaders and business executives whose conversations may be of high value. Apparently, the ability to intercept calls through SS7 is an open secret amongst intelligence agencies and 'they don't necessarily want that hole plugged'.

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clown - April 20, 2016 at 2:45am
Woopi do you could use scanners 10-15 years ago to do the same thing over the counter. Maybe not has precisely locations.
King Rollo - April 19, 2016 at 5:46pm
Uses iPhone to get attention.. The reality is its all the same for any phone..
Chip - April 18, 2016 at 10:55pm
And only now they are telling you all of this? Hahahaha fuck, just live to hell with all of that.
(>~>) - April 18, 2016 at 8:09pm
If you're that concerned about it use face time audio calls it has end to end encryption (assuming the other person had an iPhone which they probably do)
shar - April 18, 2016 at 8:08pm
the question is, how long has it been there?
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