A telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are not in the same vicinity of each other to be heard directly.

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Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?

I know this is tin-foil hat fodder, but at least one judicial opinion (http://www.politechbot.com/docs/fbi.ardito.roving.bug.opinion.120106.txt) referenced a bug that could track/listen in on the ...
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Security implications of android rooting

I know this question has been asked many times, but I didn't see a clear answer to it from security experts, or it is from several years ago and things might have changed. My question is double: ...
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Should I trust on Airpush and give IMEI? [duplicate]

For opting-out from air-push adds on android I can request to Airpush. Visit the relevant post: Is this red star icon malware? How to get rid of it? Is there a reliable way to detect the app ...
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Can IMSI catchers detect encrypted communications? [closed]

I would like to know if IMSI catchers can detect encrypted communications in general. Anyone got experience with that? Thanks
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Can I use a satellite phone for 2 factor auth sms and such?

Would 2 factor authentication SMS messages or other kinds of internet security notifications work with satellite phones? E.g. companies like Google, Paypal, Facebook, banking institutions and others ...
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Using stingray against police (idea) [closed]

This is focusing on UK mainly, where police radios are similar to mobile phones. Pretend it's possible to buy Stingray, the IMSI scanner. Pretend Jimmy is a criminal, waiting for a police raid at any ...
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Phone call to try and gain access

About a hour ago I received a call from a suspicious phone number. They explained that they had received an alert from my PC and needed to gain access to correct the problem before my PC was ...
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Hacking/Sniffing/recording GSM like Karsten Nohl

For a course at college, I wanted to reproduce the attack on GSM shown in this video by Karsten Nohl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hjn-BP8nro. From what I understand he used an USRP radio to ...
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What happens when you SIM-unlock a cellphone

In the UK the process for unlocking a mobile phone (cellphone) usually involves either buying an "unlock code" from ebay which you then have to put into the phone to unlock it, or taking the phone to ...
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How WhatsApp identifies a specific user

How does WhatsApp identify a specific user in order to forward the messages to him? Here is what I did: I backed up my iOS App from my old device Restored the backup to the new device Opened ...
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Mobile phone tracking, identification of the attacker [closed]

Once I was told that you can identify if your mobile phone is being tracked by someone (e.g. police), by calling placing a specific prefix to the number. This prefix in my country is normally reserved ...
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Are phone calls on a GSM network encrypted?

When I make a call on my cellphone (on a GSM network), is it encrypted?
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sourcing harrassing texts [closed]

I live in the US. Someone is texting harrassing messages to me. I have done a reverse lookup which dead-ends in a landline number. The number I have has been confirmed by my wireless Carrier. It ...
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Is there any benefit to re-verifying someones identity on the phone once transferred?

So this example is quite specific. You call up an organisation and they verify your identity using two pieces of information (eg; date of birth, last payment date, mothers maiden name). But then once ...
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Can bad guys record phone conversations without the carrier's knowledge?

I know that, in most of the world, phone conversations are transmitted as digital data (whether frames in circuit switched protocols or packets). I know that several companies offer products which ...
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How secure are DECT and 5.8Ghz Digital Cordless home Phones?

Is it safe to assume someone with $1,000-$3,000 U.S. to throw around can purchase the expertise or equipment to tap someone's modern cordless phone via a vulnerability, or otherwise? I mean someone ...
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How to spoof a cell phone tower (cell site, base station) — homemade IMSI-Catcher

An answer to a recent question has given me an idea for a school project (security CS program). Also, an active attacker (with a fake base station) can potentially force a mobile phone to use ...
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how can I tell if I'm under IMSI cell phone surveillance

I've recently had an encounter with the law, the details of which I won't disclose here since the case is still in court. They took my phone, naturally. I deactivated it as soon as I was released ...
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Is a fake base station needed for IMSI catching?

If you read about cell phone tracking it looks an IMSI Catcher always uses a fake base station the get the phones IMSI. I don't understand why this is necessary. Couldn't they just passively read the ...
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Is it possible for a phone to be transmitting even while turned off and the battery removed?

Is it technically or theoretically possible for any part of a mobile phone's circuitry to be still on and transmitting even while turned off and the battery has been removed? If so, how? I am ...
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Is there any way to detect caller ID spoofing?

To be specific the main problem is that I want to detect if the caller ID of the incoming cal I get is real or spoofed? Most VoIP servers now allow their clients to use any caller ID they want. Also, ...
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Multiple service providers to establish link

If data roaming is disabled, could service providers still use links from multiple service providers to establish connections between a carrier and a destination point?
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What is preventing us from sniffing the mobile phone communication?

I'm learning wireless penetration testing. It really is amazing. But it made me wonder, what about mobile phones? They are also means of wireless communication. So, our entire voice must be in the air ...
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Can viruses transfer from phone to computer over the network?

I don't know if this is the right place to ask but I heard that adult websites (porn) had viruses. I used to look up porn on my iPhone (I won't anymore) and I understand that there aren't viruses for ...
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Anonymity of prepaid SIM card in phone linked to real identity

I want to use a prepaid SIM card (text and calls only) anonymously. I bought the SIM card offline without providing any address or name. I am now thinking about using a dumbphone I bought from Amazon ...
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What are the security implication of implementing an IVR functionality in my application?

I am planning to implement an Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) functionality in my python-based application. I will be using IVR as a backup verification method or when a user is going to setup her ...
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How hard is it to intercept SMS (two-factor authentication)?

A lot of two-factor authentication mechanisms use SMS to deliver single-use passphrase to the user. So how secure is it? Is it hard to intercept the SMS message containing the passphrase? Do mobile ...
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Smartphone motherboard - Does it hold any data?

I recently went for a smartphone repair and got its motherboard replaced. However, it didn't occur to me to ask for the damaged motherboard back. I had confidential credentials and data stored. No ...
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Privacy issues when mobile app has access to phone number and contacts

It seems that when it comes to mobile apps convenience defeats security - always. In particular all messaging/communication apps seem to require to have access to your contacts on the phone and your ...
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Bring your own phone to a (new) job: Consequences?

I am starting a new job, and I have the choice to receive a phone from the company, or to bring my own. I am considering using my own phone, to avoid having an extra device, but I want to better ...
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Random people are coming to my home looking for their lost/stolen cellphones! HELP

Please help! Random people are coming to my home saying their lost/stolen cellphone is at my house! The latest person to show up on my door step was at 9pm last night. He said that his "findmyiphone" ...
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What makes the Blackberry device and network more secure?

One of Blackberry's strongest assets is the "network" that it uses. Can someone explain, or link to technical information that covers what this secure network is, and what it does better than the ...
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Is it possible to make a phone call appear to come from another phone, even to the network provider?

Quick Question Is it possible that I could call a mobile number, but have the call forwarded through another number active on a different phone that someone else has? I have had unlimited access to ...
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Does hanging up on a UK landline call not terminate the connection?

AgeUK (and others) warn about making phone calls directly after receiving a scam call and advise you to "wait for the line to clear": Use a different phone if you can, or wait 5 to 10 minutes ...
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Deal with number changes in a phone number based authentication/login system

Twitter Digits (https://get.fabric.io/digits) provides an authentication/login system based on phone numbers for mobile apps, and several other mobile apps (e.g. Square Cash, ...
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What information can be gained given only a phone number? [closed]

What personal information can be obtained given only a phone number? What information is your phone number publicly (or privately, but with easy access) linked to? Here is the way I am looking at ...
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Why do I need to hide my phone's IMEI

If it is a secret then why is it visible on the box, invoice and the back of the phone? If it is not a secret then why does it have to be blurred when it gets posted online?
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Why do phones send wifi probes?

They could just listen to beacons. Why do they probe for every network you've ever connected to? Do other wireless devices do this? Does Windows, Linux esp. Kali, do this?
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airgap a smartphone?

I'm looking to use my smartphone purely as a portable computer, with no network functionality in order to protect my privacy. Is removing the sim cards from it enough to airgap it or do I need to go ...
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A security concern I dicovered with simcard devices

Well, it all started when I wanted to take the sim card out of my tablet and I was about to shut it down so that I could take the simcard out. But then a thought raced through my mind, "What if I take ...
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Is using my phone number as a pin for a phone a security risk?

I just did a factory reset on my smartphone to see if it might fix issues with battery life. I configured a phone number as the lock screen code so I have a code that's both long and easy to remember. ...
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How safe are data you dial to a call center?

Sometimes when you call an administrative service it tells you "Dial 1 to access such service. Dial 2 to access some other service. Otherwise, dial 3." No harm if somebody comes to learn I chose "2". ...
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Twitter phone verification while on Tor [closed]

Twitter locked me out of my account. I can log in but I can't do anything with it until I give them a phone number. I've had the account for years but they've decided now there's "suspicious ...
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How to authenticate a user account from a website over the phone?

A support team is answering calls and providing well support. It would be conceivable for someone to impersonate or ask for something which should be authenticated first. Which are the best methods ...
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The spyware spooks use to hack mobiles [duplicate]

With regards to the report and video link below: How do I guard against this sort of snooping? Is it only possible if unwittingly install some kind of trojan? BBC Click Report: Surveillance ...
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Find out the identity of the person that called you

I once heard that if a number that you don't know called you, you can access a website (that I don't remember now) that will call the number and make a recording of what the person said and send it to ...
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Scam caller claimed to have elderly friend's “Windows unique identifier”

An elderly friend received a telephone call similar to this Information Security SE post and this one. The caller claimed that my friend's computer had a problem that needed to be fixed. My friend ...
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How secure is VOIP?

I was at a friend's house who uses VOIP on his own private WiFi for his phone calls. He made a call over VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) that included the need to verbally state his credit card ...
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Could my bank's two-factor authentication be hacked?

When I attempt to log in to my bank, an SMS code is sent to my phone. I then type this nine-character code into the bank's Web site, to login to my account. Is this vulnerable to attack, without ...
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How do i make a phone number authetication system for my website? [closed]

I really need to prevent users from create multiple accounts. So I was thinking about making a phone number authentication system. Where when a user signs up, a 4 digit code is sent to their phone, ...