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Research: 5G Networks Still Vulnerable to Location Tracking, Downgrading Attacks

Research: 5G Networks Still Vulnerable to Location Tracking, Downgrading Attacks

A group of researchers have found 11 flaws in 5G protocols, several of which would expose a device’s location and when a user calls or sends texts, compromising privacy and security. Learn more in an interesting Security Today article:

While excitement is growing about the potential capabilities of 5G networks on a global scale, researchers are finding that the next generation of connectivity could come with some major security concerns.

During the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Computer and Communications Security in London this week, researchers from Purdue University and the University of Iowa presented 11 security issues in 5G protocols,WIRED reported.Those design issues could have dire consequences for users, allowing hackers to expose a person’s location, track when a user makes calls or sends a text, and downgrade a device’s service to old data networks.

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