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[ NNSquad ] GPS vulnerability could allow hackers to track, take over smartphones

GPS vulnerability could allow hackers to track, take over smartphones

http://j.mp/PH7SRS  (The Verge)

  "A GPS weakness could allow hackers to remotely track smartphone users,
   or even completely take over mobile devices, University of Luxembourg
   researcher Ralf-Phillip Weinmann reported last night at Black Hat.
   Instead of directly using GPS satellites, most mobile devices receive
   much faster assisted GPS (A-GPS) signals from cellular networks to
   determine approximate location. However, Weinmann discovered that
   these A-GPS messages are transmitted over a non-secure internet link,
   and could be switched for messages from an attacker."

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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