Protecting High-Level Personnel from IMSI Catchers

Posted by Mike Fong on Apr 8, 2021 3:46:00 PM

In September 2019, attribution was given to Israel for the IMSI catchers discovered in Washington, D.C. two years earlier, shining light on the prevalence of these types of spying devices. Once used solely by law enforcement as a way of finding the international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) linked to a criminal suspect’s SIM card for investigative purposes, now just about anyone can acquire or build an IMSI catcher to intercept a target’s communications. With such low barriers to entry, it’s no longer just the bad guys who need to be worried about these devices.

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Topics: Mobile Security, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, Mobile Tracking, IMSI Catchers

Data Privacy Day

Posted by Jacob Hughes on Jan 28, 2021 1:13:18 PM

Today is Data Privacy Day, a perfect opportunity to learn how to keep your smartphone from being used for tracking purposes. While it can feel like a daunting challenge to escape the intrusive tracking practices employed by tech companies, advertisers and other players in the surveillance economy, use the four tips below to start taking back control of your digital privacy.

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Topics: Mobile Security, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, Mobile Tracking, Data Privacy Day, Surveillance capitalism

Lack of emphasis on secure teleworking is a national security risk.

Posted by Michael Campbell on Jun 1, 2020 4:12:16 PM
Commercial mobile devices without proper protections are creating risks to our National Security.
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Topics: Mobile Security, Smartphone Hacking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, spyware

The spies in our cell networks

Posted by Mike Fong on Mar 12, 2020 2:03:33 PM

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.

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Topics: Mobile Security, Smartphone Hacking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, IMSI Catchers

A quick update on 2019 mobile predictions made in January.

Posted by Mike Fong on Oct 6, 2019 8:07:46 PM

So far this year, the surreptitious capture of audio and visual data via smartphone cameras and microphones has negatively impacted the world’s richest person and a beloved trillion-dollar company. It’s safe to say that awareness of this issue has reached the mainstream, increasingly forcing individuals, enterprises and product makers to change how they operate. To see how the trajectory of smartphone surveillance has changed even in the last several months, I think it would be helpful to look back at my 2019 predictions as a starting point.

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Topics: Mobile Security, Smartphone Hacking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, Smartphone Security, Corporate Espionage, spyware

How Apple shapes the narrative about smartphone security.

Posted by Julie Dexter Berg on Sep 18, 2019 10:49:09 AM

In August, we conducted our annual survey designed to gauge attitudes about mobile security and privacy. In looking behind this year’s numbers, I was struck by how shifting perspectives seem to mirror the goings-on in the world of Apple. As a trillion-dollar company and the maker of the ever-popular iPhone, Apple has a metaphorical magnifying glass on everything it does, good or bad.

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Topics: Mobile Security, Smartphone Hacking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, Smartphone Security

Infographic: Smartphone sensor security.

Posted by Jacob Hughes on Mar 7, 2019 10:06:17 AM

Organizations concerned about sensor abuse are now adopting the Privoro SafeCase™, a first-of-its-kind mobile security solution companion for smartphones that not only provides its own set of trusted sensors but also protects against illicit audio/video capture by hijacked cameras and microphones.

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Topics: Mobile Security, Smartphone Hacking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities

The piece of hardware at the cutting edge of cybersecurity.

Posted by John Chambers on Mar 4, 2019 6:10:51 AM

By John Chambers, Founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures and former CEO and Chairman of Cisco

As a mentor, investor, and longtime player in the tech industry, I’m frequently asked which market segments I’m betting big on over the coming decade. My knack for spotting market transitions and the technologies that will fuel these shifts partially stems from my relentless focus on outcomes. That’s why I approach investing like a multiplayer chess game; I play out the entire game, replay various scenarios and anticipate others’ moves before I make the decision to invest my time and resources.

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Topics: Mobile Security, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, Smartphone Security, JC2 Ventures, Connecting the Dots, John Chambers, Trusted Hardware

6 bold predictions for smartphone security in 2019.

Posted by Mike Fong on Jan 9, 2019 7:05:58 PM

In the last 12 months, the threat of compromised smartphone cameras and microphones has taken on bigger real estate in the public consciousness, transforming from a largely abstract fear into a real, widespread and potentially devastating problem. The bad news is that this problem will get worse before it gets better. The good news is that security-centric organizations are looking for ways to proactively defend against this threat. So what will the next 12 months hold in store? Below, I’ve outlined six mobile security predictions for the coming year.

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Topics: Mobile Security, Privoro, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, Smartphone Security, spyware, SafeCase, Data in Vicinity, Smartphone Anti-Surveillance

How smartphone espionage can disrupt an election.

Posted by Jacob Hughes on Oct 31, 2018 4:50:29 AM

The mobile security of political candidates and their staff gets lost in the shuffle when discussing threats to our elections. However, a series of trends point to mobile espionage becoming the next major vehicle for electoral interference. These trends include:

  • The smartphone’s rising importance in conducting the day-to-day business of a political campaign
  • The increasing use of intrusive smartphone surveillance tools to target political officials
  • A growing appetite by malicious outsiders to interfere in elections by any means necessary

In this mobile security blog post, I’ll discuss the reasons why smartphones may be the next electoral hacking target and the potential consequences of such a shift.

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Topics: Smartphone Vulnerabilities, Election Security, NSO Group, Pegasus Spyware, Government

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