SIM Swapping

Hacking

T-Mobile Has a Secret Setting to Protect Your Account From Hackers That It Refuses to Talk About

T-Mobile’s little known NOPORT setting can protect your phone number from SIM swapping.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.13.19
Hacking

Someone Hacked My T-Mobile Account and T-Mobile Won’t Talk About It

Cell phone carriers still have a long way to go before making your accounts truly secure.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.18.19
Hacking

Infamous Forum For Instagram Hackers Gets Hacked by Other Hackers

Hackers hacked the OGUSERS forum and published its database in another hacker forum.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.17.19
Hacking

AT&T Contractors and a Verizon Employee Charged With Helping SIM Swapping Criminal Ring

The indictments show that sometimes stealing phone numbers to hack accounts is an inside job.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.13.19
Hacking

Hacker Who Stole $5 Million By SIM Swapping Gets 10 Years in Prison

A 20-year-old college student who was accused of stealing more than $5 million in cryptocurrency in a slew of SIM hijacking attacks is the first person to be sentenced for the crime.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.1.19
SIM Hijacking

SIM Swapping Victims Who Lost Millions Are Pressuring Telcos to Protect Their Customers

A small group of victims of SIM swapping hacks is trying to raise awareness, teach people about the scam, and put pressure on cell phone providers to step up their efforts against cybercriminals.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.8.19
Port Out Scam

'I Could Ruin Your Business Right Now': Listen to a SIM-Jacking, Account-Stealing Ransom

Jared Goetz's credit card was fraudulently charged, his phone cut-off, and his email account hacked. But in an extraordinary phone call, Goetz managed to talk the hacker down, and get his digital life back.
Joseph Cox
10.11.18
Hacking

Cops Arrest Infamous SIM Swapper Who Allegedly Stole $14 Million in Cryptocurrency

A California task force caught another big name in the criminal underground world of SIM hijackers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.11.18
Port Out Scam

Alleged 19-Year-Old SIM Swapper Used Stolen Bitcoin to Buy Luxury Cars

Police in California continue their investigation in port out scams by arresting a second suspect.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.22.18
Port Out Scam

Bitcoin Investor Sues AT&T After Losing $23 Million In SIM Swap Hack

An investor is asking AT&T to pay $220 million in damages in the first-ever lawsuit that attempts to hold carriers accountable for port out scams.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.15.18
Internet Insecurity

Reddit Should Tell Us More About How it Got Hacked

It really sounds like Reddit employees got SIM hijacked. If that’s the case, the company should be more transparent. Everyone gets hacked: It's how you disclose it, and deal with it, that distinguishes you and makes a difference.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.3.18
Port Out Scam

How Criminals Recruit Telecom Employees to Help Them Hijack SIM Cards

Sources who work for some of America’s major cellphone carriers tell us how criminals are trying to recruit them to help find new targets.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.3.18
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