Mobile Security Threat to US Mobile Phones from China


All those Americans who have visited abroad in the past couple of years, there is a high probability that Chinese intelligence could have spied on your mobile activity through a highly sophisticated espionage campaign.

Garry Miller, a Washington based mobile security expert, has confirmed the news after analyzing sensitive data signals being spied by Chinese work force funded by the government.

Miller claimed in the latest security report that a hackers group most probably funded by the People’s Republic of China government was targeting, tracking, and intercepting phone communications of US Phone users through a Caribbean based mobile phone company.

Gary disclosed that the activity of snooping into the mobile phones might have started in early 2018 and details such as phone communications, messages and contacts could have been accessed by the hackers’ thought signaling messages communicated via 3G and 4G technologies.

Technically, mobile phone operators use signaling messages to connect their users roaming abroad with their near & dear. Such messages also allow the phone operator to locate a mobile phone and connect it with a superior network when abroad.

Although the US mobile phone operators could block such surveillance activity at the nip, they did not do so, as they were ignorant of what was happening behind their backs.

Miller who was an ex-employee of Mobileum is now working as a founder of Exigent Media, a Cyber Threat research and reporting company. The security analyst alleged that mobile phone users using the services of 2-3 telecom operators across North America could have been impacted by the Chinese surveillance since 2018.

There is no evidence to prove that the surveillance was being conducted with the full knowledge of the telecom firms operating in US. However, unconfirmed sources say that the company involved in surveillance From Barbados is linked to China Unicom- a state funded telecommunication company of China.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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