Researcher awarded for exposing 4G and 5G Vulnerabilities


An assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering working at The Pennsylvania State University was awarded for exposing vulnerabilities related to 4G and 5G network architecture.

Syed Rafiul Hussain has been named to the GSMA Mobile Security Hall of Fame for submitting security related flaws in 4G and 5G technology. He has been rewarded with the said acclaim for submitted security analysis framework named ProChecker, that helps discover vulnerabilities in cellular devices and networks.

All phone device manufactures and network operators follow a standard design and Hussain found vulnerabilities to the design and not the implementation.

As all phone devices and networks operators follow 4G and 5G spectrum framework, the flaws in such networks can allow hackers to exploit connected across the networks.

Mr. Syed Rafiul Hussain found hackers can infiltrate the phone network through the flaw and then track down phone level location to launch Denial of service attacks.

Hussain is all set to publish his findings at the 41st IEEE ICDCS 2021 (International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems) on July 8th, 2021 and because of the surge in Corona Virus cases across the world, the conference might be held on a virtual note as the physical event to be held at the Washington DC, USA has been tentatively canceled in April 2021.

Note- Since his joining in Penn State in Nov’2020, Mr. Hussain’s work has been discussed by the Federal Communication Council (FCC) and has been covered by over 100+ outlets on a global note including Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, MIT Technology Review and ACM Technews.

Naveen Goud
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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