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U.K. Police Arrest 142 in Global Crackdown on 'iSpoof' Phone Spoofing Service

U.K. Police Arrest 142 in Global Crackdown on 'iSpoof' Phone Spoofing Service

Nov 25, 2022
A coordinated law enforcement effort has dismantled an online phone number spoofing service called  iSpoof  and arrested 142 individuals linked to the operation. The websites, ispoof[.]me and ispoof[.]cc, allowed the crooks to "impersonate trusted corporations or contacts to access sensitive information from victims," Europol  said  in a press statement. Worldwide losses exceeded €115 million ($ 119.8 million), with over 200,000 potential victims believed to have been directly targeted through iSpoof in the U.K. alone, the Metropolitan Police  noted .  Among the 142 people arrested is the administrator of the website, who was apprehended in the U.K. on November 6, 2022. The website and its server were subsequently seized and taken offline two days later by Ukrainian and U.S. agencies. Per the National Police Corps, the helpdesk fraud  allowed  registered subscribers on the online portal to mask their phone numbers and make calls impersonating banks, retail companies, an
New 4G LTE Network Attacks Let Hackers Spy, Track, Spoof and Spam

New 4G LTE Network Attacks Let Hackers Spy, Track, Spoof and Spam

Mar 05, 2018
Security researchers have discovered a set of severe vulnerabilities in 4G LTE protocol that could be exploited to spy on user phone calls and text messages, send fake emergency alerts, spoof location of the device and even knock devices entirely offline. A new research paper [ PDF ] recently published by researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa details 10 new cyber attacks against the 4G LTE wireless data communications technology for mobile devices and data terminals. The attacks exploit design weaknesses in three key protocol procedures of the 4G LTE network known as attach, detach, and paging. Unlike many previous research, these aren't just theoretical attacks. The researchers employed a systematic model-based adversarial testing approach, which they called LTEInspector , and were able to test 8 of the 10 attacks in a real testbed using SIM cards from four large US carriers. Authentication Synchronization Failure Attack Traceability Attack Nu
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