In Short Hacks: The smartphones have provided numerous functionality to its users. Features such as calling, texting, listening to music, and much more are available in the smartphones. However, smartphones have also before vulnerable to hackers. These hackers come up with various kinds of techniques to lay their hands on your personal information.
SS7 Hack Attack
The hackers have developed a method to hack SS7 using which these hackers can read your text messages, listen to phone calls and track your mobile phone’s locations. All this is possible just by knowing your phone number using a hack in the worldwide mobile phone network infrastructure.
How Hackers Hack you Using SS7 Attack?
Signalling System No 7 (SS7 Attack) is a set of protocols that allow phone networks to exchange the information which is required for passing phone calls and text messages between each other and to ensure correct billing. Basically, it is a system that connects one mobile phone network to another. It also allows users on one network to travel in a foreign country.
Once a gains access to the SS7 system, the hacker can have access to an equal amount of information and peeping capabilities as security services. Hence, they can forward, record casks, read texts, locate cell phones using the same system that the phone networks use to help in keeping a constant service for your phone calls, texts, and data.
To prevent such hacks and to maintain the privacy of its users, certain bodies, including the mobile phone operators’ trade association, the GSMA, have set up a series of services that keep an eye at the networks, looking for intrusions or abuse of the signaling system. Mobile phone networks have also employed security contractors to stop SS7 hacks from happening.
A solution for SS7 Attack?
There is no permanent solution to this problem since there is no end to the extent of hacking. Also, since the vulnerabilities and the possibilities of spying on users depend on systems that are outside of user control, there is very little what you can do to protect yourself from such hacks or spies.
However, to protect your message from being leaked, you can use encrypted messaging facilities such as iMessage, WhatsApp, etc. And to protect your calls from being heard or recorded, you can make calls over the internet rather than using voice calls for conversing. But, the only way to escape being tracked is by switching off your cell phone or by cutting off its connection with the network service.
Since there are billions of people in the world, the chances of your getting hacked are quite less. However, you might be a target if you are at some high rank in government jobs, etc.
This is the reason why bank details are not discussed on phone calls since these details can be interpreted and then be misused.
This is all that you need to know about the SS7 hack and how it affects you and how you can protect yourself from these hacks. If you have anything to add or substrate here then please let us know in the comments section below.