AdaptiveMobile Security, a world leader in cyber-telecoms security, today announced it has uncovered a new and previously undetected vulnerability. This vulnerability is currently being exploited and is being used for targeted surveillance of mobile phone users. The vulnerability and its associated attacks have been named, ‘Simjacker’ as it involves the hijacking of SIM cards and threatens mobile phone users across the globe.
While the primary attack detected involved the retrieval of mobile phone locations, Simjacker has been further exploited to perform many other types of attacks against individuals and mobile operators such as fraud, scam calls, information leakage, denial of service and espionage. AdaptiveMobile Security Threat Intelligence analysts observed the hackers vary their attacks, testing many of these further exploits.
In theory, all makes and models of mobile phone are open to attack as the vulnerability is linked to a technology embedded on SIM cards.