No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

Q Link Wireless, a provider of low-cost mobile phone and data services to 2 million US-based customers, has been making sensitive account data available to anyone who knows a valid phone number on the carrier’s network, an analysis of the company’s account management app shows.

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

SENS is envisioned as a way for devices capable of sending and receiving wireless data to use Wi-Fi signal interference differences to measure the range, velocity, direction, motion, presence, and proximity of people and objects.

T-Mobile data breach: ‘Malicious, unauthorized’ hack exposes customer call information

T-Mobile data breach: ‘Malicious, unauthorized’ hack exposes customer call information

A security incident at T-Mobile has resulted in customer call data being accessed, the telecommunications giant has said.This latest incident follows a data breach back in March 2020, when customer financial information was exposed due to a third-party hack.

'Smart' doorbells for sale on Amazon, eBay came stocked with security vulnerabilities

'Smart' doorbells for sale on Amazon, eBay came stocked with security vulnerabilities

In this case, researchers bought another device from Amazon and eBay that was vulnerable to KRACK, a three-year-old bug that attackers could use to eavesdrop on wireless networks.

Decentricity:

Decentricity:

Wireless internet is broadcast out of every node in the meshnet, and provides connectivity for other devices in the network that aren't nodes.Commotion Wireless is a meshnet implementation that aims to create community wireless networks from the outset.

FCC confirms carriers ‘apparently’ broke the law by selling customer location data

FCC confirms carriers ‘apparently’ broke the law by selling customer location data

“Following our longstanding calls to take action, the FCC finally informed the Committee today that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal privacy protections by turning a blind eye to the widespread disclosure of consumers’ real-time location data,” Pallone said in a statement after receiving the letter.

Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment

Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment

Mobile network operators who sold their customers' real-time location data violated US law and the Federal Communications Commission will try to punish carriers that did so, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote today.

FCC Says 'One or More' Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

FCC Says 'One or More' Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (GettyIn letters addressed to oversight lawmakers on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that his agency’s nearly two-year investigation into the unauthorized sale of consumers’ phone location data had finally come to an end.

Amazon may soon be able to track your phone’s location even if you don’t use any of its products or services

Amazon may soon be able to track your phone’s location even if you don’t use any of its products or services

Amazon's new mesh network could enable the company to track your phone's location, even if you don't use its WiFi or products.

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

SAN FRANCISCO — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of AT&T customers in California to stop the telecom giant and two data location aggregators from allowing numerous entities—including bounty hunters, car dealerships, landlords, and stalkers—to access wireless customers’ real-time locations without authorization.

Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit

Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit

(Reuters) - Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

Opinion | Why It’s So Easy for a Bounty Hunter to Find You

Opinion | Why It’s So Easy for a Bounty Hunter to Find You

Your carrier needs this data to deliver service. But, according to recent news reports, this real-time phone location data has long been available to entities beyond your wireless carrier, for a price.

Login With Facebook, Google or AT&T? Thanks, but No Thanks

Login With Facebook, Google or AT&T? Thanks, but No Thanks

There's more: Project Verify is better than the Facebook and Google SSOs because it's going to be checked against your mobile SIM card, phone number, user credentials, account tenure and phone account type (info only your wireless carrier has).

Selling 911 location data is illegal—US carriers reportedly did it anyway

Selling 911 location data is illegal—US carriers reportedly did it anyway

"Telecom giants broke the law by selling detailed location data" that was "meant for use only by emergency services," consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge said last week in a blog post that urged the Federal Communications Commission to punish the carriers.

We Could Easily Stop Location Data Scandals, But We Cower to Lobbyists Instead

We Could Easily Stop Location Data Scandals, But We Cower to Lobbyists Instead

“Even by the telco's own admission their 'notice and consent' regime totally failed to prevent this kind of abuse.” Wireless carriers like Verizon have spent the better part of a decade claiming that real privacy rules weren’t necessary because “public shame” would keep the industry honest.

FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages

FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Wednesday to clarify that wireless carriers have the authority to block unwanted or spam text messages, but Democrats warned the decision would allow carriers to block or censor texts that customers send.

Researchers Believe Sprint Is Throttling Skype Without Telling Consumers

Researchers Believe Sprint Is Throttling Skype Without Telling Consumers

Choffnes developed an app named Wehe that he’s been using to track how wireless carriers are treating user data in the wake of the repeal of net neutrality rules last June.

Cyborg Unplug

Cyborg Unplug

2.4Ghz detectorDetects and disconnects (disconnection feature outside US only) most common classes of wireless surveillance deviceLED alertSends email alerts to an account you configureUS plug standard, with Euro adaptor for travellersWirelessly tunnel multiple devices (phones, laptops, tablets) through a VPN you configure, no need for extra software on any deviceShare files from a USB stick over the network, with no need for third-party apps (like DropBox)With no settings applied, functions as pocket-sized travel routerFree, 24/7 high-speed VPN service.

'Presidential Alert': FEMA to send test emergency alert to all US cellphones

'Presidential Alert': FEMA to send test emergency alert to all US cellphones

Cellphone users may receive a text from President Donald Trump as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts its first presidential-level Wireless Emergency Alerts test.

PMKID Dumping: WiFi Password Attacks are Easier Than Previously Thought

PMKID Dumping: WiFi Password Attacks are Easier Than Previously Thought

Previously, the primary method for cracking passwords for wireless networks using WPA2 encryption, was for an attacker to capture a four-way handshake between a wireless device and the router.