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Millions of GSM Phones Vulnerable to Hack Claim Researchers

Security researchers have discovered that millions of mobile phone users around the world could have their devices hacked owing to lax network security imposed by their mobile phone operators.

According to BBC News, Karsten Nohl and Sylvain Munaut conducted a study of 31 mobile phone operators in Europe, Thailand and Morocco, in which they found that users were vulnerable to illegal surveillance and identity theft due to the poor security measures deployed by mobile phone companies.

In the report, the security researchers have claimed that using a 7 year old Motorola device and free decryption software available easily on the internet, the were able to hack into text messages and mobile phone conversations of users in 11 countries. The results of the study were presented at the Chaos Computer Club conference in Berlin.

Philip Lieberman, the CEO of US based identity management software maker Leiberman Software, said that it was not possible with someone with normal skills to conduct the hacking Nohl and has team had done for the research. However, he did say that because of technological advances, tools for hacking mobile networks were largely becoming available.