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GSMA Confident of GSM Security despite Recent Hijack Flaw Claims

Following the revelation by security experts that flaws in the currently used GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) wireless technology may allow hackers to hijack mobiles phones, the GSM Industry lobby group - GSMA, has said that the recent findings do not affect its view on security of the technology.

According to Karsten Nohl, head of Germany based Security Research Labs, there are certain flaws present in a widely used wireless technology which provide hackers remote access to a certain device from backdoors, thereby allowing them to instruct it to carry out various tasks such as sending text messages, making phone calls etc.

According to the Industry lobby, there were only a few flaws that have been discovered in GSM over its 20-year history. "The GSMA and its mobile network operator members are confident in the security of existing 2G GSM networks and real attacks on real networks against real customers are most unlikely," it said in a statement reports Reuters.

It seems that the statement by the lobby is a knee-jerk reaction and doesn't take into consideration the flaws that Nohl has highlighted.