UK police are secretly deploying technology which allows them to download all of the content and data from someone's phone on a questionably legal basis due to a lack of clarity in the law, according to a recent report.
Unpatched security vulnerabilities in the 4G LTE protocol allow anyone to connect to a network by impersonating a victim's phone without possessing legitimate credentials, launch DDoS attacks, and hijack a phone's paging channel.
UK police tried DDoS style attacks to disrupt service on suspected drug dealer's phones in cases where they couldn't prosecute but were looking to interfere with the drug trade.
73 per cent of fraud professionals think mobile devices will be the primary identity verification technology in the coming years. Yet 60 per cent also said that this will be biggest single point of compromise as well.
Use of fake base stations is currently limited to within prison walls, and normally commissioned by the prison governor.