Coming Soon: A New Way to Hack Into Your Smartphone

Monday Jan 17th 2011 by Staff

A security researcher says his "baseband" hack can turn any mobile phone into a "remote listening device."

IT World: Security researcher Ralf-Philipp Weinmann says he will present information on how to hack into a smartphone's baseband processor at next week's Black Hat Conference. "I will demo how to use the auto-answer feature present in most phones to turn the telephone into a remote listening device," he said.

Most phone hacks target the operating system or apps that run on the phone. Experts say that hacking into the firmware that controls a phone's radio communications with a cell tower requires a great deal of technical knowledge.

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