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Old 01-13-2020, 07:31 PM   #1
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SIM hacking-How they get call history & payment history

How can researchers (and hackers) get access to a victim's call history and payment history? By manipulating it. They can text multiple people fake offers that seem too good to refuse, until one person calls back. Now they have a recently called number. If the call happens to be from a prepaid account, the hacker has hit the jackpot because they can go to a convenience store, buy a refill card for a few dollars and then use it to refill that victim's account. Now the hacker has payment history. The next step is to call the carrier and request a SIM swap.

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Old 01-13-2020, 08:39 PM   #2
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Good advice here from Wired:

https://www.wired.com/story/sim-swap...-defend-phone/

I recently changed my major banking and important passwords to super-long generated passwords, added 2FA using an authentication app where possible, and added a PIN and separate longer PIN to my phone number on Telcel. As much of a pain as it was, that's how much this SIM swap thing bugged me. Literally all they need to have is your phone number and they can do the rest without you ever knowing...
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Old 01-13-2020, 11:32 PM   #3
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Bongleur -- I saw that article and it was super scary. Particularly since I use 2FA using my phone all the time. And, it seems very difficult to combat this.
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I take the SIM-swap threat very, very seriously.
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I find SMS based authentication troublesome because I am sometimes without service or traveling and using a different SIM/phone number. I think device based apps like the mentioned "Google Authenticator" which appear to function much like earlier security token devices are a better solution. But there is still the problem of how to best recover if the smartphone is lost/stolen or dies; I am not sure how apps like Google Authenticator or Symantecís Validation and ID Protection (VIP) handle that situation.
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there is still the problem of how to best recover if the smartphone is lost/stolen or dies; I am not sure how apps like Google Authenticator or Symantecís Validation and ID Protection (VIP) handle that situation.
Obviously they can't handle that. But the financial institution has every reason to get you back into your account so they will work to facilitate it on a phone call. That's why you set up security questions, and as discussed in another thread the voice recognition systems used today are quite good at identifying you as long as you have that feature set up.
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I switched to VOIP voice for 2fa. One extra step on my cell phone for peace of mind.
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