More than half of the Android mobile phones in use are susceptible to an advanced text-based phishing attack that only requires a cybercriminal make a $10 investment.
Check Point researchers found malicious actors using a remote agent to trick phone owners into accepting new phone settings that hand over various levels of control to the attacker. The attack vector is through a process called over-the-air (OTA) provisioning which is used by carriers to deploy network-specific settings to new phones coming onto their network.
One issue is anyone can send such an OTA provisioning message using the industry standard Open Mobile Alliance Client Provisioning (OMA CP) protocol. The second is phones from top vendors, Samsung, LG, Huawei and Sony are equipped with limited authentication methods making it impossible for a recipient of a phishing message to authenticate the sender.
Please register to continue.
Already registered? Log in.
Once you register, you'll receive:
The context and insight you need to stay abreast of the most important developments in cybersecurity. CISO and practitioner perspectives; strategy and tactics; solutions and innovation; policy and regulation.
Unlimited access to nearly 20 years of SC Media industry analysis and news-you-can-use.
SC Media’s essential morning briefing for cybersecurity professionals.
One-click access to our extensive program of virtual events, with convenient calendar reminders and ability to earn CISSP credits.