(Tea Party 247) – When you really stop and think about how far we have come in technological advances just over the last 50 years, it is almost too much to comprehend. How quickly we have moved from black and white TVs to global networks connecting us to anyone in the world at any time. Our appetite for the newest and latest technology seems to be insatiable. The next big thing in technology is going to be the rolling out of the 5G network but experts are warning that this is going to be more problematic than practical.
Already the concern to public health has been raised with many experts expressing concern that the new 5G network will expose the world’s population to excessive amounts of constant electromagnetic radiation. That serious concern aside, the newest issue plaguing the 5G network is its potential lack of security. This of course posing risks to us, the consumers.
According to a report by Intellihub, both the 4G and 5G networks have three potential “security flaws that can allow malicious actors to tap your phone calls, send fake text messages – even trace your location.”
Doesn’t that sound great? It feels like the more advanced technology gets the more oppressive ad dangerous it becomes for humans.
The new 5G network has been touted as being the most secure but, as experts are discovering, it appears to be even less secure than the current 4G network. Experts are claiming that people with even just a basic knowledge of “cellular paging procedures” will be able to exploit the new network.
A group of researchers from Purdue University and University of Iowa have been working together to test the networks. The results of these tests are disturbing and exposes just how vulnerable we could be to cyber attackers on the new 5G network.
Three major flaws were discovered: Torpedo, Piercer and IMSI Cracking are all attacks that malicious actors can carry out over these networks.
As Daily Mail reports, Torpedo “takes advantage of a flaw in a network’s paging protocol,” and is the worst of the three attacks. Paging protocols make up the system which notifies phones of incoming texts and phone calls. By exploiting this vulnerability, attackers can track a victim’s location.
To carry out an attack like this only costs about $200. The attacker has to get a device to make the calls and then all they need to do is make and cancel “a flurry” of calls within a short time period. “This causes a paging message to be sent, without alerting the target to an incoming call,” thus leading to malicious actors being able to track your location. This kind of attack opens the door for the other two attacks: Piercer and IMSI cracking.
As Tech Crunch reports, Piercer “allows an attacker to determine an international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) on the 4G network.” Meanwhile, IMSI-Cracking attacks “can brute force an IMSI number in both 4G and 5G networks, where IMSI numbers are encrypted.”
IMSI cracking allows for all kinds of snooping tactics — including tracking methods used by police (known as “stingrays”) to track a person’s real-time location.
The researchers indicated that all four of the major mobile network providers in the United States are vulnerable to these types of attacks. No one is safe!
According to Syed Rafiul, one of the co-authors of the study, “Any person with a little knowledge of cellular paging protocols can carry out this attack.” These people could be your neighbors, coworkers, family, or friends! While it would seem that the risks outweigh the benefits when it comes to implementing the newest technology, we are too invested to turn back. Will there ever be any danger that causes us to forsake our smart devices?
This is some scary stuff to think about. We all just go about our lives enjoying the convenience of modern day technology without giving any thoughts to the potential dangers that come with it. It will never happen to me, or to you, right?