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New 5G Flaws Allow Hackers to Track Real-Time Location, Send Fake Emergency Alerts

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Security researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa have found close to a dozen vulnerabilities in 5G technology.

The 5G flaws can be used to track a victim’s real-time location, spoof emergency alerts that can trigger panic or silently disconnect a 5G-connected phone from the network altogether.

The researchers said some of the new attacks also could be exploited on existing 4G networks.

In some cases, the flaws could be used to downgrade a cellular connection to a less-secure standard, which makes it possible for law enforcement — and capable hackers — to launch surveillance attacks against their targets using specialist “stingray” equipment.

Curated from TechCrunch

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