A couple weeks back, CBS’s 60 Minutes did a fascinating piece on smartphone hacking that’s simply astounding.
Hackers were able to monitor Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) simply by having his phone number. They were able to track his movements, record his phone calls, and view his contacts. All this was done from thousands of miles away in a discrete office in Germany. After 60 Minutes played back a recording of his phone call, Congressman Lieu said, “First, it’s really creepy. And second, it makes me angry.”
The exploits the hackers found were actually in the mobile networks and not the smartphone itself, so it doesn’t matter whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you might be vulnerable to the hacks.
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Are you worried about your privacy after seeing this story?
How strangers can hack the phone in your pocket
See how it’s possible to hack into your phone simply by bumping into you. Complete strangers do not even need to know who you are or even have your phone number to hack into your phone.
Hacking a congressman’s phone
Check out how these hackers broke into a Congressman’s phone and tracked his movements and recorded all his phone calls.
Hacking Your Phone
Check out the full story from the April 17, 2016 edition of 60 Minutes on CBS.