Verizon’s new feature ‘Number Lock’ add an extra layer of security, but it’s not foolproof.
An account allegedly affiliated with the Anonymous hacking collective helped spread panic and misinformation after T-Mobile suffered an outage.
Motherboard previously found the telecom companies sold phone location data to bounty hunters and other third-parties.
There’s 40 years of history showing telecom megadeals erode competition, raise prices and kill jobs. It’s a lesson America simply refuses to learn.
SIM swappers are particularly interested in a tool called Omni from Verizon that allows hackers to take over phone numbers.
SIM swappers have escalated from bribing employees to using remote desktop software to get direct access to internal T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint tools.
Motherboard previously revealed how AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have sold real-time phone location data to middlemen companies which then provided it to third parties.
The alleged member was arrested around two weeks ago, another member of the hacking group told Motherboard.
On Friday, members of a committee urged Ajit Pai’s FCC to provide details on its investigation into how phone carriers sold location data to bounty hunters.
Read the service notice that explains why old text messages suddenly showed up on people’s phones this week.
Several people reported receiving old, random texts in the middle of the night.