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The spies in our cell networks

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CEO walks out of nondescript office building accompanied by COLLEAGUE. CEO pulls smartphone out of her purse to study a restaurant’s website. Her smartphone’s status bar blinks briefly to indicate a change in cellular connection status.

Let’s see… ahh, I know what I’m having for lunch!

Nearby, inside a large, white van, SPY is operating a fake cell tower. On SPY’s laptop screen, CEO’s movements and communications begin to appear.

SPY (speaking into headphone):
Okay, we got her.

While the above scene may feel ripped out of a script for the latest spy thriller, the truth is that fake cell towers present a real and pernicious mobile security risk, one that can give threat actors an extremely valuable foothold into an organization’s most valuable information.

I’ve taken a closer look at fake cell towers in an article for Security Magazine. Learn how these spying devices work, how criminals are using them and the available tools for mitigating their risks.


*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Be Aware authored by Mike Fong. Read the original post at:

Mike Fong

Mike Fong is the founder and CEO of Privoro. He is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur who started Privoro to solve the security and privacy issues of mobile devices – from attacks of sophisticated nation-states to over-reach by corporations and apps in the “surveillance capitalism” economy. Privoro launched the SafeCase in 2018, the first high-security extensible smartphone case with built-in, patented anti-surveillance capabilities that provides unprecedented levels of protection and assurance. Prior to Privoro, Mike founded and built Calence LLC from a startup to the largest pure-play networking integrator in the US at the time of its sale, with over $300+ million in sales to corporate and government clients. Mr. Fong has also consulted, or served as a board member, to companies in many industries, including chairing the Arizona Governor’s Council on Innovation and Technology. He is a two-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and was named the Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year for the State of Arizona. Mr. Fong started his career at Arthur Andersen and holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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