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First the FaceTime Bug, Now the 5G Spy?

By William Vogeler, Esq. on February 05, 2019 1:25 PM

They say there's no rest for the wicked, and that would include hackers.

No sooner do the experts figure out the FaceTime bug, than researchers discover a vulnerability in the 5G network. That's the high-speed protocol set to roll out in a matter of months.

The vulnerability allows potential data thieves to steal information off the airwaves. Wicked thieves.

Airwave Vulnerability

According to ZDNet, hackers can exploit a security flaw in 5G, 4G, and 3G airwaves. Researchers said they expect to fix them by the end of 2019.

It's a buzz kill for 5G, which is supposed to supercharge transmission speeds on mobile devices. It was also touted for "a new level of security."

5G was designed to protect against "stingrays," which pretend to be phone towers and trick phones into connecting to them. Spies, including law enforcement, can then gather information to track locations.

Hackers can also gather numbers of calls and text messages through the 5G vulnerability, reports say.

FaceTime Bug Squashed

Apple also had a glitch in its roll-out of group FaceTime. The new feature allowed multiple users to FaceTime on the same call.

But it also had a bug that allowed users to secretly record others. Stinking bugs.

That fail has been fixed, the company said.

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