The 27th Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin has been shown a demonstration of intercepting and recording calls and text messages on a GSM mobile phone. Researchers Karsten Nohl and Sylvain Munaut sent a ‘ghost’ text message to a target phone that enabled a hacker to target the handset’s unique identification number.
Sony Corporation has filed legal complaints with the US International Trade Commission in Washington and a court in Los Angeles, complaining that a number of LG phones use Sony technology without its permission.
Skype CIO Lars Rabbe has published a blog post detailing the problems that affected the company’s VoIP service for around 24 hours from 4pm on Wednesday 22nd December.
Skype has also announced the new version of its iPhone application, which adds the option of video calling over 3G and WiFi networks.
ABI Research has estimated that more than seven trillion SMS messages will be sent worldwide in 2011. With nearly 4.2 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, that’s theoretically approaching five text messages per phone per day.
Online security company McAfee has published its 2011 Threat Predictions report, detailing the new internet-related threats its researchers expect to see next year – and some have a decidedly mobile flavour.