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Short message (or messaging) service, a system that enables cellular phone users to send and receive text messages.

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Secure alerting for a monitored web application

What is a good method to receive security alerts? Email is the first thing that springs to mind, although it is susceptible to MITM attacks (e.g. an attacker preventing the email from being ...
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Is it safe to rely on text messages as a means on authentication?

Many websites, including banks, use text messages as their primary or secondary means of authentication. In theory, it sounds like a perfect method unless the user loses their phone or has it infected ...
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Trace source and destination of an SMS message [closed]

Is it possible to trace the source or destination (location, even coordinates) of an SMS message ? If it is, is it possible to do it even if the phone is roaming in a different country ?
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Spoofing SMS messages [closed]

I received a message recently on a droid phone that appeared to have originated from an Iphone in my contact list. I was able to look at the Iphone from which the message appeared to have originated ...
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Could “receive SMS online” site be a scam?

There is a site that allows you to see all SMS received by a certain set of phone numbers (owned by the site). This seems to be meant for services that require two-factor authentication using SMS, ...
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Are SMS,MMS stored on the network service providers' servers?

Are SMS and MMS sent via a mobile phone stored on telecommunication service providers' servers before passing them to the recipient? Does it depend on the country or does every network service ...
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Does Google 2-step verification protect user from session hijacking?

After signing in Google 2-Step verification scenario, user should enter verification code which sends to his mobile. Without it, he couldn't access to Gmail account. Consider an attacker does session ...
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What Information is Exposed When I Send A Message From My Mobile Device

When I send a text message and/or an email, with or without location services turned on, what information is available to the recipient of that message if they know how to read the data behind the ...
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Should an administrator be able to turn off TFA for a user

We use Google Authenticator and SMS for two factor authentication. Should we allow the administrators of the site to turn off TFA for users? Google Auth uses SMS as backup option but SMS does not ...
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Do normal SMS risks apply to DigiCel mobile banking? What mitigations are likely in place?

In this interview with Bill Gates and Bill Clinton, they discuss their work with Digicel, who I assume is this company, to enable mobile banking with normal KYC protections. This site is full of ...
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TextSecure protocol

Is anyone aware of an analysis of the TextSecure protocol? https://whispersystems.org/blog/simplifying-otr-deniability/ https://github.com/WhisperSystems/TextSecure/wiki/Protocol It is a ...
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Why does a spam sms contain a link to an email address?

A colleague of mine just received a (spam) sms with this message: Congratulations! Your mobile have won $1,000,000,00 Pounds with Draw# 294 64/2013. For more info & claims, contact our ...
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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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Is there a list of phone numbers Facebook uses to send auth tokens?

Up to a few days ago, I always received Facebook auth tokens from numbers +181338477XX, except a few times from +85294985XXX. Problem is that lately I've been receiving codes directly from Italian ...
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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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Is TextKey SMS 2 factor authentication secure against cell phone cloning?

I came across this website today that implements SMS based authentication that works "opposite" most SMS authentication methods. In typical SMS authentication, the provider sends you an access code ...
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Send credentials by sms [duplicate]

If a user forgets his login credentials for a web site, is it secure enough to send users credentials by sms?
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Getting strange texts to an iPhone #PWD123456#00X

My dad is getting strange SMS texts to his iPhone 4 Some examples: #PWD123456#WHL003=2308480298 #PWD123456#WHL004=2398480389 #PWD123456#WHL002 #PWD123456#WHL002 #PWD123456#STATUS? ...
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Is it still possible to sign up for a Google account without SMS verification? (March, 2013) [closed]

Non of these two methods worked: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-google-accounts-require-gmail-and.html
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Retreive header from SMS iphone

I received a lot of SMS from a guy where the phone number change every time. I can answer to these SMS, so I think it's only a spoofing of the sender ID of the SMS header which will be displayed in ...
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Can a SMS recipient charge any arbitrary fee to the sender without approval?

I received an email from a prospective "client" in broken English. We have been going back and forth about services for a while and he wants me to text him. Is it possible for him to charge me some ...
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Can 2FA help handle mixed personal and business accounts after leaving a company?

I do not want a super administrator in Google Apps to log to my account after leaving company, so I enabled 2-step verification. He could login to many sites as me with just a link in "forget ...
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How does a new SMS message overwrite a previous one?

During a talk from a vendor, the speaker mentioned that their product used a "little known feature" of SMS in order to overwrite the last text message received from them. This feature was being used ...
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How can SMS spoofing be detected?

SMS spoofing involves faking the source ID, by replacing it with alphanumeric text. This can be useful for mobile providers, but can lead to security issues such as social engineering. How can we as ...
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Should SMS systems warn users of possible spoofing attacks?

The author of this blog post Never trust SMS: iOS text spoofing says that: The sender of an SMS message may provide arbitrary sender information using low level protocol features. Furthermore the ...
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SMS Authentication: random OTP or a cryptographic one

I'm adding two-factor authentication using SMS to enhance an existing login process. Since I'm not working with physical tokens, I was wondering what is considered the safest: Sending random 8 ...
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What's the deal with SMS archiving? [closed]

The other week I was texting a friend of mine, and something happened that I haven't experienced before. Instead of receiving the text I'd just sent, my friend received a text I sent several months ...
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Is it possible to MITM between Google voice SMS/TXT Messaging

I have 2 spammers who won't stop spamming me via SMS once I post stuff online. I would like to determine their location based on language, so if I were to somehow become a man in the middle and have ...
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How to catch a SMS spammer who is using google voice to spam me

How do I catch a SMS spammer who is using google voice to spam me? I have the google voice number and 2 of their burner emails with gmail. How do I gather enough information to inform the ...
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Honeypot for catching a spammer [closed]

I've been receiving more and more emails and now even TXT messages originating from google voice for inquiries of items that I've listed for sale on craigslist. What I would like to accomplish: I ...
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What is preventing us from sniffing the mobile phone communcation?

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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Is there a sms authentication that works like 10minutemail? [closed]

I remember reading on this site a user recommending 10minutemail.com as a way to register or give email address to non-trusted websites. Is there any similar site for disposable phone number for ...
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SMS PDU specification and carving techniques?

I'm trying to carve NAND flash raw dumps for SMS:s (for school, digital forensics), following the information on dreamfabric.com, but I'm having some trouble. First of all, the specification isn't ...
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Proof of SIM card possession on iOS devices

I need to proof that a user of my app is in possession of the correct SIM card. On android devices, this is possible by simply sending a challenge within an SMS to the corresponding number (the proof ...
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SMS / voice call interception with a fake base station

This answer to a similar topic describes in a detailed way how vulnerable SMS and voice calls are in terms of decryption. In order to do so, an attacker needs to set up a fake base station located ...
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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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Can SMS text messages be used to verify a person's unique identity through a short code system?

We run online contests and want to eradicate cheating (yeah right), or at least mitigate it. I've asked the question regarding user experience here: ...
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Is it “standard” to SMS passwords?

When I get credentials for a new machine, my company will often send the login id in email, then SMS (or sometimes Skype msg) the password. This is obviously in order to separate the login and ...