1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

News GSM encryption broken

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 25 Feb 2008.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

    Joined:
    3 Apr 2007
    Posts:
    11,343
    Likes Received:
    292
  2. 1ad7

    1ad7 New Member

    Joined:
    13 Feb 2008
    Posts:
    263
    Likes Received:
    1
    This doesnt concern well anyone I currently know, but it makes you think about other encryption's and there safety...
    If i have something I don't want anyone listening too... ill just go whisper in there ear... paranoia on a cell phone or a plane ticket to Hong Kong to divulge the upcoming bankruptcy of yahoo.com.... wheres my private jet!
     
  3. Faulk_Wulf

    Faulk_Wulf Internet Addict

    Joined:
    28 Mar 2006
    Posts:
    402
    Likes Received:
    6
    Am I concerned by this? No.
    I might be embarrassed by certain conversations being made public but I don't think any of it is illegal.
    Now am I --comfortable-- by this? Definitely.
    Big Brother is bad enough but if I need to worry about 'Little Cousin' too then its just --gah--
     
  4. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

    Joined:
    3 Dec 2006
    Posts:
    968
    Likes Received:
    1
    there is always snail mail, signed and sealed to prevent tampering :thumb:
     
  5. naokaji

    naokaji whatever

    Joined:
    8 Dec 2006
    Posts:
    1,879
    Likes Received:
    10
    If someone wants to listen to my phone calls, go ahead, but be prepared to die form boredom...
     
  6. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

    Joined:
    25 Mar 2003
    Posts:
    6,244
    Likes Received:
    102
    Have GSM encryption ever been secure?

    The problem with GSM encryption is that the keys used have to be publicly available for the system to work, which is... well... pointless.

    I remember the good, old days when wireless "security" consisted of phones that just switched to a new frequency every 5 minutes or so... They could be tapped using a standard VHF radio. Listening to peoples conversations is incredibly boring, though...


    I'm not worried about this. The most intriguing thing I reveal over a conversation is what I'm going to have for diner... If someone want to copy my plans, please go ahead. They could save £500 and just ask, though...
     
  7. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

    Joined:
    7 Aug 2005
    Posts:
    6,783
    Likes Received:
    101
    I didn't even know GSM was encrypted. Can't say I'm bothered by this, really.

    I do wonder if the guys at "No Such Agency" read these articles and laugh. "Thirty minutes? What a bunch of amateures! We broke that one a decade ago and do it in real time!".
     
  8. cpu121

    cpu121 New Member

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2003
    Posts:
    327
    Likes Received:
    0
    During the Cold War the Security Services became very good at reading the contents of envelopes without any sign of tampering. :eyebrow:
     
  9. sinizterguy

    sinizterguy Dark & Sinizter

    Joined:
    25 Jul 2002
    Posts:
    5,461
    Likes Received:
    0
    People making dinner plans might not be concerned, but when you are having a conversation about what direction a multinational corporation is going to take can be all sorts of interesting.
     
  10. phonon45

    phonon45 New Member

    Joined:
    28 Sep 2003
    Posts:
    32
    Likes Received:
    0
    It seems like it would be easier to just sit next to the guy in the airport while he's yelling into his phone.
     
  11. friskies

    friskies New Member

    Joined:
    17 Nov 2003
    Posts:
    407
    Likes Received:
    1
    Didn`t even know GSM was encrypted? Here in Norway one could listen to GSM conversations with a capable police scanner, tried it many years ago. Maybe they have implemented encryption later.
     
  12. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

    Joined:
    25 Mar 2003
    Posts:
    6,244
    Likes Received:
    102
    Not GSM. That was the old NMT tetwork :)
     
  13. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

    Joined:
    7 Aug 2005
    Posts:
    6,783
    Likes Received:
    101
    "Oooh, they're going to utilize synergy! We're in trouble now!"
     
  14. Arkanrais

    Arkanrais New Member

    Joined:
    14 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    406
    Likes Received:
    5
    I rofl'd
     
Tags: Add Tags

Share This Page