Saturday, December 26, 2009

GSM code gets cracked - carefull what you say !

GSM, short for Global System for Mobile Communications, is the worlds
most widely used mobile phono system. And seemingly the encryption
tecnology used to protect GSM from eavesdroppers ".. is a swiss cheese
of holes" says Karsten Nohl. Karsten is a security expert who plans to
make an even bigger hole in the security cheese by the end of the
year. He also plans to make the encryption keys available on the

The aim of the project, he says, is not to "break anything" but rather to create an awareness of "a long-standing vulnerability" in GSM encryption technology and, ultimately, to push mobile phone operators still delivering calls over GSM networks either to phase in the more advanced voice and text-messaging encryption technology, A5/3, or upgrade to a newer-generation digital phone system.

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