3G Transmissions Cracked, Run For The Hills!

3G Transmissions Cracked, Run For The Hills!

Just weeks ago, GSM encryption was cracked, but everyone was all like, “No big deal, GSM is old.” Now the encryption protecting 128-bit UMTS 3G has been cracked as well.

It’s not a practical hack yet, with real time monitoring of 3G calls and data fairly impossible since it takes a computer about two hours to decode the encryption. But researchers have admitted that their technique is far from optimised, meaning the process can only get faster.

I dunno about you, but security breaches like this are precisely why I only have phone sex in person. [Cryptology ePrint via ars technica via phoneArena via gsmArena]


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