Phone Hacking Fears and Facts

6th February 2019

Editor’s Note (2/1/19): For years hackers have exploited a vulnerable telecommunications protocol, Signaling System 7 (SS7), in order to intercept text messages and phone calls. Most recently digital bank robbers have used SS7’s weaknesses to foil the protection of two-factor authentication. Our explanation of this protocol, written in 2016, demonstrates what it is and why it is so insecure. Apple’s ongoing standoff with the government over passcode-protected iPhones is still…

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Verizon’s new BOGO deal offers huge discounts on the hottest smartphones

6th February 2019

Less than a month out from its last such offer, Verizon is once again preparing to launch another of its BOGO deals — this one set to begin on Thursday, February 7 — that makes the hottest smartphones on the market right now available to consumers for free or at a discount when another phone is purchased at full price. Starting exactly one week before Valentine’s Day, this sweet new…

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