Many of us are already conditioned to ignore phone calls from unknown numbers. A new study seems to validate that M.O. By next year, nearly half of the mobile phone calls we get will be scams, according to a new report from First Orion, a company that provides calls management and protection forT-Mobile,MetroPCs,Virgin Mobileand others.… Read More


Police in Florida have arrested a 25-year-old man accused of being part of a multi-state cyber fraud ring that hijacked mobile phone numbers in online attacks that siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from victims. The following month, Michigan authorities found the same individual accessing personal consumer data via… Read More


News of this group first surfaced after a report in December 2016, when Russian antivirus vendor Dr.Web disclosed that a mysterious threat actor had found a way to penetrate the supply-chain of several mobile carriers, infecting phones with malware. At the time, experts said they found malware in the firmware of at least 26 low-cost… Read More


T-Mobile is investigating a retail store employee who allegedly made unauthorized changes to a subscriber’s account in an elaborate scheme to steal the customer’s three-letter Instagram username. The modifications, which could have let the rogue employee empty bank accounts associated with the targeted T-Mobile subscriber, were made even though the victim customer already had taken… Read More


SMS is a weak link in a handset’s security. With it you can interact, remotely, with an application on someone’s phone when the phone is not connected to the internet: Despite being older than many of its users, Short Messaging Service (SMS) remains a very popular communications medium and is increasingly found on remote sensors,… Read More


Four of the largest cell giants in the US are selling your real-time location data to a company that you’ve probably never heard about before. In case you missed it, a senator last week sent a letter demanding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigate why Securus, a prison technology company, can track any phone ‘within… Read More


On Thursday, the New York Times published a blockbuster piece revealing how US law enforcement have access to a system that can geo-locate nearly any phone in the country without an officer necessarily having a court order. Now, Motherboard has obtained the letters that Senator Ron Wyden sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and… Read More


To be effective, Clear wouldn’t be binding on just Apple but rather manufacturers of all computing devices, many of them low-cost products made by bootstrapped manufacturers. That means there would be dozens, hundreds, or probably thousands of PIN vaults mandated under Clear. And each of them would be a potential target for hackers all around… Read More