AusCert: 2G security holes need fixing

Security analyst Marco Ostini has called for greater efforts to plug holes in the 2G cellular network that could lead to sniffing of data

AusCert senior security analyst Marco Ostini has called for drastic international action to fix security holes in the 2G cellular network that currently leave everyone vulnerable to attack, even though telcos are moving to 4G networks and beyond.

Speaking at the Security on the Move event hosted in Sydney by AusCert and SC Magazine on Thursday, Ostini drew on research presented at previous Defcon events in the US. He cited the Wasp (Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform) drone that two security researchers with links to the US Government built to sniff Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GSM traffic.

While the risks of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth sniffing are fairly well publicised and procedures to protect against them are simple to implement, Ostini was particularly worried about the research that allowed others to sniff communications over 2G cellular networks.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Insecure 2G needs global fix: AusCERT on ZDNet Australia.

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