Potential for mobile phones to be compromised explored by experts

Mobile phones could be vulnerable to hackers aiming to eavesdrop or disrupt networks, according to Ars Technica. The attack could come with the introduction of a bug through a spectrum of telecommunication products, including radios in cell towers, routers, and switches, as well as the baseband chips in individual phones.

“Although exploiting the heap overflow vulnerability would require great skill and resources, attackers who managed to succeed would have the ability to execute malicious code on virtually all of those devices. The code library was developed by Pennsylvania-based Objective Systems and is used to implement a telephony standard known as ASN.1, short for Abstract Syntax Notation One,” Ars Technica said.

Devices can be compromised even when security strengthening and encryption have been implemented. The potential to affect mobile phone users and carriers is being further explored.

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