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Vodafone Claims Femtocell Vulnerability Patched A Year Ago

UK wireless carrier Vodafone has claimed that the vulnerability in its Femtocell network everyone is citing was patched a year ago.

A recent report had claimed that Vodafone’s Femtocell base station technology was suffering from a flaw which could allow hackers to use an interception device to tap mobile phone calls.

The company claims that the flaw which was used in the proof-of-concept report released by The Hacker’s Choice was fixed a year ago.

“Overnight on July 12, a claim appeared that hackers had found security loopholes in Vodafone Sure Signal which could compromise the security of Vodafone's network. This is untrue: the Vodafone network has not been compromised,” Vodafone said in a statement.

Vodafone explained that the vulnerability that is being cited in its Sure Signal technology was discovered at the beginning of 2010. However, a patch was sent out a few weeks later to all SureSignal boxes.

“As a result, Vodafone Sure Signal customers do not need to take any action to secure their device. We monitor the security of all of our products and services on an ongoing basis and will continue to do so,” Vodafone said.

The discovery of the flaw has taken a new meaning in the light of the News International phone hacking scandal.

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.