Friday, January 1, 2010

Encryption Code For 80% of Global Cell Phones Cracked

This could be very bad. Better though that the good guys know about it so they can try to fix the breach then just the bad guys exploiting the weakness.

"A German computer engineer said Monday that he had deciphered and published the secret code used to encrypt most of the world’s digital mobile phone calls, saying it was his attempt to expose weaknesses in the security of global wireless systems.
Mr. Nohl has now set his sights on G.S.M., whose second-generation digital technology is still the most widely used wireless-communications standard in the world. About 3.5 billion of the world’s 4.3 billion wireless connections use G.S.M.; it is used by about 299 million consumers in North America."

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