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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Security implications of rooting Android

My Android smart phone has fancy features that I can get only if I root it, e.g., free-wifi tethering or Cisco VPN (with group name/password). However, the procedure to root my phone makes me ...
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Can strangers use Wifi to dial calls from my phone?

I watched an old episode of The Real Hustler in which they demonstrated how strangers can use some devices to force your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to call a premium rate telephone number. The ...
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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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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 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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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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Do cell-phones exist with open source baseband processors?

In a recent question (can't seem to find now), someone asked: Is it possible to track a phone which is off? and received a response of Who's to say that it's really off? Your phone has both ...
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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 spoof a phone call and make it appear to come from another phone?

I'm performing a penetration test against a company. Part of my social engineering procedure is to contact the IT department and try to convince them to that I'm an employee in the company and get ...
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Are dialers obsolete?

My antivirus picked up an infection by Dialer/Coulomb. The definition of a dialer is a piece of malware that dials a number that charges money. How would it do this, is this from when modems were ...
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Voicemail PIN reset - what is a DDN? [closed]

Here is a recording of Glenn Mulcaire using social engineering to reset the PINs to voice mailboxes to which he did not have authorised access. (At least, that's my understanding.) He appears to say ...
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How to identify call stats about 2/3/4G users in a room?

If someone can please provide some advice about the following problem I am trying to solve it will be great. Scenario: A standard office room, with (say) a couple of people in it What I want to find: ...
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Why don't mobile operators blacklist stolen phones using their IMEI?

I've just read this piece of news that Android and Windows phones will get a 'killswitch', rendering them useless to potential thieves. However, since all devices have a unique identification number ...
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DLP for Phone calls [closed]

I would like to know if there is a DLP system that can monitor phone conversation, in order to search for sensitive data leakage by the company users to external users. We know NSA does that :) Is ...
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How do i defeat cell phone spyware? [closed]

I've bought a new phone, where one of its products can be activated by receiving a phone call. If someone uses a spoofed SIM card - with a number I recognize - I'll likely answer the call. Are there ...
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Is it possible to crack a PIN / PUK code on a phone SIM card?

When deploying a mobile phone best practices policy, one of the points which were raised was the requirement for the user to protect his SIM card with a PIN. The theory is that three failed attempts ...
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Touch tone phone username and password

I just got off the phone with Fidelity, who manage the health benefits for the company where I work. Before talking to a person, I was prompted to enter my username and password on the numeric keypad: ...
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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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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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Spyware for feature phones

There are a lot of spywares for android and ios smartphones. Are there spywares for feature phones ? I am using this samsung phone, which is basic. I am wondering if somebody who has access to this ...
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Can you listen to your last GSM call recorded when calling back a user?

My wife called a GSM/3G number abroad and the call was dropped. She called again and she could hear the whole conversation repeated with the other party but with blank period from her side of the ...
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Is it possible to locate a cellphone's location just by ringing it?

With today's technology, is it possible to locate a cellphone's location just by ringing it, kind of like what we see in movies?
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How to trace virtual phone number?

Suppose I received a call from internet with some virtual number, I called the same number back after few days but it didn't exist at the time or it was routed to some other user. Is there a way to ...
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How do I forensically determine whether a mobile phone has been infected with a spy suite?

What is the best way of forensically determining that spyware software has been installed on the phones without making any changes to the phone(s)? I have Blackberry and iPhone 4 phones that are ...
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How can hotels securely receive your credit card details (for a custom, one-off payment)?

A hotel belonging to a large chain (400 hotels in 60 countries) has just requested me to send my credit card details via standard (unsecured) email. I have negotiated a deal for accommodation with ...
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Has there been any documented cases where hackers have hijacked the phone number to a business?

Has there been any cases where hackers have taken over the phone number to a business, by creating a phone number in the same area code, setting up a virtual PBX / Asterisk system, routing all calls ...
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Can you make someones phone make a call with your phone?

Ive been called by someone, but when I answer the phone, it makes digital noises and then my phone calls some Nissan dealership. It will literally, after making before stated noises start ringing on ...
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Tracing nuisance or malicious cellphone calls

Is it possible for an ordinary citizen to trace source of nuisance calls to cell phone when caller ID has been blocked?
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How to track a Spoofed SMS on Iphone

A mate pulled a quality prank on me the other day by sending me a SMS via a Spoofed number. He's bought a SMS gateway and can set the message ID/phone number to be 'God' (or whatever he wants(letters ...
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airgap a smartphone?

im 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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Cell phone voice mail hacking

The news has been filled recently with the allegations that News of the World employees hacked into the voicemail inboxes of celebrities and crime victims. What flaw was exploited to accomplish this, ...
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Does two-factor authentication reduce the need for a long password?

I've recently enabled 2-factor auth on a number of web apps, mostly using Google Authenticator. Does this mean that the importance of a strong password on each site is reduced? I would prefer to use ...
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PC showed evidence of a phone being attached for no obvious reason. Theories on why? [closed]

Connecting via remote desktop to a Windows 7 machine today showed the last couple of seconds of a windows device installing and the "Your device is ready" popup for a Sony Xperia T. Going to ...
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My Home Phone is being used to place calls to fax numbers [closed]

We are using Verizon's Home Phone Connect as a replacement for our AT&T landline. The problem is that somebody is using our phone to make dozens of calls each day to a series of toll free ...
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Why does not GSM use any stream cipher mode (OFB, CFB)?

If I understand correctly GSM uses A5/1 stream cipher. My question is why doesn't it use a stream cipher mode like OFB or CFB?
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How to trace a (mobile) phone?

Even since growing up, I've watched films in which the "bad guy" is repeatedly tracked down when they call the police or FBI or police force de jour. They always have "about 30 seconds". Regardless ...
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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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Which is safer, GSM or CDMA?

I have read in the past (no sure where) that unfortunately there exist illegal devices that permit crooks to eavesdrop on GSM mobile phone conversations. I recently also heard that some people had ...
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Intercepting business calls and forwarding them back to me

My sister recently went on a sales call and when she told them what company she worked for they were upset. They told her that the company she works for is stealing their customers by intercepting ...
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Sensitive data and phone calls

How safe is it to give sensitive information to someone over a phone line? Does it matter if the data was verbally spoken or if it was typed in? Example: Opening an account with an internet provider ...
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Tracing an IP from a mobile broadband ISP

My honeypot caught a hack attempt from an IP that was issued by Three Mobile Broadband (UK). My immediate thought was that most probable explanation was that the user was in the UK and had his ...
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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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OFF Pocket or switch off your phone?

OFF Pocket: OFF Pocket is a "privacy accessory for mobile phones to block all signals". To use the OFF Pocket simply place your phone inside the case and close it. Your phone is now OFF. ...
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Can malicious phone software mount a MITM attack on a phone call?

Suppose my smartphone has been compromised and there is malicious software running on it. You can assume that the malicious software has broken out of any sandboxes and is running as root. If I'm on ...
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Is secure Caller ID possible for SIP / VOIP?

Is there any way (standard, proposed or draft) that will allow for secure Caller ID over SIP / VOIP networks? I have constantly heard that Caller ID is insecure when used over these services. Can ...
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Mobile Device Security [closed]

Are there any other security threats to a mobile device other then a rogue app? I am trying to secure a set of business phones and tablets and while anti-virus applications are possible, I don't see ...
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Degree of Obfuscation

Let us assume that I have the following code: namespace MobileApp { public class Storage { public Storage() { } public bool Save() { bool ...
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Can Android phone running without SIM card be tracked (localized) by police?

I am running an Android phone without a SIM card. I am using it for web surfing. Can the police localize my phone using the cell towers (BTS)? In other words, I know Android phones emit radiations ...
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Is it safe to connect mobile devices to rental cars? [duplicate]

Many modern cars feature Bluetooth connections and USB ports that allow passengers to connect them with mobile phones and digital music players (and smartphones, which serve as both). Is it safe to ...
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How do I protect my Gmail account when accessing it via an Android smartphone?

I have a Gmail account that I also access via an Android smartphone. The mail account could be used to reset passwords for other online accounts, so I want to tighten up the security around this ...