May 14, 2020

Mobile Phone Interception at Defcon 18

Hacker Chris Paget made a live demonstration of mobile phone interception at Defcon 18, hacking conference Saturday at Las Vegas.

In a few minutes of activating Chris Paget IMSI catcher had 30 phones connected to his system. Then, with a few keystrokes, he quickly configured the device to spoof an AT&T cell tower.

With reference to Computerworld report, Paget didn’t record or play back any calls, but he could have. His IMSI catcher can get around cell phone encryption by simply telling the connecting phones to drop encryption.

Cell phone interception is illegal in the U.S. And the U.S. Federal Communications Commission had concern about Paget speak at the conference.

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