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Are U.S. Officials Under Silent Attack?
USA Created: 8 Jun 2021
The Havana Syndrome first affected spies and diplomats in Cuba - Now it has spread to the White House.

During the final weeks of the Trump Administration, a senior official on the National Security Council sat at his desk in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, across from the West Wing, on the White House grounds. It was mid-November, and he had recently returned from a work trip abroad. At the end of the day, he left the building and headed toward his car, which was parked a few hundred yards away, along the Ellipse, between the White House and the Washington Monument. As he walked, he began to hear a ringing in his ears. His body went numb, and he had trouble controlling the movement of his legs and his fingers. Trying to speak to a passerby, he had difficulty forming words. “It came on very suddenly,” the official recalled later, while describing the experience to a colleague. “In a matter of about seven minutes, I went from feeling completely fine to thinking, Oh, something’s not right, to being very, very worried and actually thinking I was going to die.”

He fell to the ground before he reached his car, and realized that he was in no condition to drive. Instead, he made his way to Constitution Avenue, where he hoped to hail a taxi. He managed to open the Lyft app on his phone, and ordered a driver, who took him to the hospital. When he arrived at the emergency room, the official thought, I’m probably not walking out of here.
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Source: The New Yorker, Adam Entous, 31 May 2021

The Study That Should Have Stopped Wireless with Dr. Ronald Melnick
USA Created: 12 May 2021
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug talk with Dr Ron Melnick, senior scientist at the National Toxicology Program and designer of the blockbuster study that found “clear evidence” of cancer from exposure to radiofrequency radiation.

Listen to the interview here:
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Source: Green Street Radio, 11 May 2021

Flaw in Qualcomm phone chips enables backdoor for hackers to record your phone calls
USA Created: 7 May 2021
According to a new report by security firm Check Point Research, Qualcomm’s Mobile Station Modem (MSM) can be exploited by hackers and used to record phone calls and more. MSM dates back to the early 1990s and used in 2G/3G/4G and even 5G devices and presents a serious vulnerability that can be hacked remotely as easily as sending an SMS message.

From there the wrongdoers gain the ability to listen in on your calls, read through your text messages, and can even unlock your SIM card in order to bypass any limitations imposed by carriers. According to reports nearly 30% of all smartphones use Qualcomm chipsets and are thus potential targets of the exploit. The only thing that users can do at the moment is to keep their devices with the most up to date security patch.

"We discovered a vulnerability in a modem data service that can be used to control the modem and dynamically patch it from the application processor. An attacker can use such a vulnerability to inject malicious code into the modem from Android. This gives the attacker access to the user’s call history and SMS, as well as the ability to listen to the user’s conversations. A hacker can exploit the vulnerability to unlock the SIM, thereby overcoming the limitations of the service providers imposed on the mobile device. - Check Point Research"

According to an official statement issued to Tom’s Guide, Qualcomm has already provided software fixes for the MSM exploit back in December 2020 and subsequent security patches should have ironed out the problem. Strangely enough, no Android security bulletin has thus mentioned a fix for the bug. There’s talk that Google will publicly address the exploit fix in its June security patch.
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Source: GSM Arena, Michail, 09 May 2021

Havana syndrome: NSA officer’s case hints at microwave attacks since 90s
USA Created: 2 May 2021
When Mike Beck developed a rare form of Parkinson’s US intelligence concluded he was the victim of a hi-tech weapon.

When the first reports surfaced of a mysterious disorder that was afflicting dozens of US diplomats in Cuba, Mike Beck’s reaction was one of recognition and relief.

Beck, a retired National Security Agency counterintelligence officer, was at his home in Maryland, scrolling through the day’s news on his computer when he spotted the story, and remembers shouting out to his wife.

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“I got excited because I thought: well, it’s coming out now that it’s not a mirage,” Beck said. “I felt bad for the victims but thought: ‘Now I’m no longer one of one. I’m one of many.’”

Beck had been forced into retirement in late 2016 by a rare early-onset, non-tremor form of Parkinson’s disease, and he had evidence, supplied by the NSA and the CIA, that he could have been the victim of a deliberate attack from a microwave weapon.

After years of lonely struggle, he now feels vindicated. Last December the National Academy of Sciences published a report finding that the scores of CIA and state department officials affected by “Havana syndrome” in Cuba, China and elsewhere, were most likely suffering the “effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency energy”.

After years of playing down the reports and failing to provide proper medical care for the victims, Washington is now clearly alarmed at the implications of the attacks. The Democratic and Republican leadership on the Senate intelligence committee put out a bipartisan statement on Friday, saying: “This pattern of attacking our fellow citizens serving our government appears to be increasing.”

The statement came the day after the White House said it was looking into “unexplained health incidents” after reports that two of its own officials had been targeted in the Washington area.

The CIA and state department have launched taskforces to investigate and it was reported last week that the Pentagon had launched its own inquiry into suspected microwave attacks on US troops in the Middle East.

Earlier this month, the senior director for the western hemisphere in the national security council, Juan Gonzalez, voiced concern over the lingering risk to US diplomats from microwave weapons in Cuba, in an interview with the CNN Spanish language service.

But what is so striking about Beck’s case is that its origins were two decades earlier – and that it produced official confirmation more than eight years ago that such weapons had been developed by America’s adversaries.

That raises more questions about why the CIA and state department were so reluctant to believe their own officers could have been targeted by such weapons when cases appeared in Cuba and then China in 2018 and elsewhere around the world.

“The reality is that this has been an intelligence community issue for decades,” said Mark Zaid, a lawyer representing both Beck and Havana Syndrome victims.

An NSA statement declassified in 2014 for Beck’s work injury compensation case stated: “The National Security Agency confirms that there is intelligence information from 2012 associating the hostile country to which Mr Beck traveled in the late 1990’s, with a high powered microwave system weapon that may have the ability to weaken, intimidate or kill an enemy, over time, and without leaving evidence.

“The 2012 intelligence information indicated that this weapon is designed to bathe a target’s living quarters in microwaves, causing numerous physical effects, including a damaged nervous system.”

Beck is still not allowed to name the hostile country he visited in 1996, but said he and a colleague, Charles “Chuck” Gubete, had gone to make sure a US diplomatic building under construction was not bugged.

“It was a sensitive assignment,” Beck told the Guardian. “So we knew what we were getting into from the standpoint of the hostile country being a critical threat environment.”

On arrival, he and Gubete were detained at the airport and then put up in adjoining rooms in a budget hotel after their release.

On their second day on the project, they expanded their sweep to a neighbouring building and came across what he calls “a technical threat to the equity we were there to protect”.

They reported the device to their superiors and left it in place. The next day, they were passed a message from a local translator working with the Americans that the host country authorities, in Beck’s words, “had seen what we did and that was not a good thing”.

The next day, Beck said: “I woke up and I was really, really groggy. I was not able to wake up routinely. It was not a normal event. I had several cups of coffee and that didn’t do a thing to get me going.”

The symptoms passed by the time Beck and Gubete returned to the US. But 10 years later, when Beck was in the UK, on secondment to General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain’s NSA counterpart, he came down suddenly with crippling symptoms.

“The right side of my body started freezing up. I was limping and I couldn’t move my arm,” he said. He was referred to a neurologist who diagnosed Parkinson’s. At the time, Beck was 45.

Shortly afterwards, he was visiting NSA headquarters and happened to bump into Gubete. Beck was shocked by what he saw.

“He was walking like an old man,” he recalled. “He was slumped over and walking really awkwardly. I went up to him and said: ‘What’s going on?’”

Within a few days, Gubete, 55 at the time, was diagnosed with the same form of Parkinson’s disease as Beck.

“I’ve worked in counter-intelligence for the predominance of my career,” Beck said. “I thought this is not coincidental that we’re both presenting the same variant of Parkinson’s at the same time. This is not happenstance.”

The cause of their shared plight was a total mystery to Beck until 2012 when he saw US intelligence communications about a microwave weapon with potentially debilitating neurological effects developed by the country he and Gubete visitedtogether.

He was able to get part of that intelligence declassified for his labor department claim in 2014 – but by then it was too late for Gubete. He had died at home, of a suspected heart attack the previous year.

Even with the declassified intelligence, the NSA leadership continued to oppose Beck’s claim, so he arranged a briefing by CIA experts who came to NSA headquarters in the spring of 2016.

“Their opinion was based upon information that they had – and that NSA didn’t have access to – and they supported my affirmation that I had been attacked in the hostile country with a microwave weapon,” Beck recalled. “They said it was a ‘no-brainer’ that this medical condition was due to an attack.”

On 24 August 2016, according to Beck and his lawyer, Zaid, the head of NSA security and counter-intelligence, Kemp Ensor, sent an email to the NSA chief of staff, Liz Brooks, supporting Beck’s account. The NSA did not respond to a request for comment.

There are still many unanswered questions about the Beck case. Gubete had a family history of Parkinson’s and any causal effect between microwave radiation and the disease is unknown, and differs from the more recent cases.

But it is clear from the Beck case that when the wave of Havana syndrome injuries began in 2016, US intelligence agencies knew much more that they admitted to.

It took a three-year campaign by CIA and state department employees targeted by the attacks to have their illnesses taken seriously, to receive proper treatment and for the mysterious attacks to be properly investigated.

“That it’s taken me three years to get treatment is disgraceful, ethically and morally,” said Marc Polymeropoulos, a former senior officer in the CIA’s clandestine service,.

“You make a pact when you join the Central Intelligence Agency – particularly in the operations side, the silent service. They asked me to do some really unusual and risky things over the years, in some pretty bad places but you always had a pact with your leadership that if you got jammed up, they would have your back,” he said.

Polymeropoulos was visiting Moscow in 2017, as deputy chief of operations of the CIA’s Europe and Eurasia Mission Centre, when he experienced crippling symptoms of an attack.

“I was woken up in the middle of the night with an incredible case of vertigo,” he said. “My head was spinning, incredible nausea, I felt like I had to go to the bathroom and throw up. It was just a terrifying moment for me. I had tinnitus which was ringing in my ears, and the vertigo was really what was incredibly debilitating and I really wasn’t sure what was happening. I couldn’t stand up. I was falling over.”

“Since that incident, I have had a headache 24/7 for three years and there’s a mental health challenge in this too,” Polymeropoulos said. “I was able to work for two hours every morning but then I’d be spent. Even having a conversation like this, I would be exhausted after that.”

He is convinced that Russia is behind the attacks, and also says he is certain that Russia is the unnamed country in the Beck case.

In 1996, the US was in the process of tearing down the top two storeys of its Moscow embassy because the building was so full of bugging devices. Four new floors were constructed with the aim of creating a secure environment.

The new CIA director, William Burns, assured Congress earlier this month that he was taking the problem seriously and that he had appointed a senior officer to run a taskforce “ensuring people get the care they deserve and need, and also making sure we get to the bottom of this”.

Polymeropoulos, who is now being treated at Walter Reed military hospital and is pushing for other CIA victims to get similar treatment, said he was cautiously optimistic.

“Under Bill Burns, there seems to be a sea change. We have to see actions now, not just words. But I have hope,” he said.

Meanwhile, a quarter-century after his ill-fated trip to a hostile nation, Michael Beck is still fighting for workers’ compensation. The Department of Labor has turned down his claim but the one-year window for appeal is still open.

“I’m not suing anyone,” he said. “I’m just looking for what’s right out of this.”
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Source: The Guardian, Julian Borger, 02 May 2021

A Neighborhood Sick After the Cell Tower Was Installed
USA Created: 16 Apr 2021
Listen to a mother and her daughter share how they became sick after the cell tower near their home was fired up. Two sisters have headaches, rashes and vomiting spells since the cell tower was turned on.

Several other neighbors are also reporting symptoms. watch the video below where Theodora Scarato Exceutive Director of EHT interviwed the family.

Mother Courtney Gilardi has been tirelessly working to advocate for a safe environment. The cell tower and sick families has been featured in several news reports.

Most recently the Council unanimously asked the Health Department to investigate the illness reported by people living near the cell tower. However the Department responded that they did not have the expertise.

Courtney Gilardi continues to advocate and you can follow her efforts at and


3/23/2021 Testimony to the City Council of Pittsfield Massachusetts

I am 13 years old.

Thank you for allowing me to speak tonight.

I have been calling into City Council meetings ever since my sister and I started getting headaches and dizzy from the cell tower. She gets skin rashes and we both get nauseous. Some nights we sleep with vomiting buckets on our pillow. Some nights, I sleep very little. This is no way to live at all.

Since the tower has been on, we have not felt healthy at home. We have had to go to the doctors sometimes every other week. Sometimes our symptoms are so bad we cannot log on to go to school.

It has been months and nothing has been done to help our family or our neighborhood. I have to wonder if anyone in the city actually cares about the health of the children and residents.

I have always been encouraged to speak up to make things better, but when I speak, the city ignores me. Do you know how it makes the people feel here when they are ignored? When they cannot get any answers? It makes me feel invisible. It makes me feel less than. It makes some of us feel like what is the hope in trying if nothing changes. It makes me feel like my voice and my home and my safety and my health is not important. It does not make me feel like I am a valued part of this community.

It does not make me feel valued.

We are asking for your help to make this better- together.

I want to think that the city of Pittsfield is committed to protecting all of its residents; those that live in Shacktown, those who are less resourced, those who are old or young or suffer from a sensitivity to the radio frequency radiation that is now in our neighborhood. I want to believe you care about us enough that when you hear that neighbors are living in their cars and not their homes that you do something about this quickly.

We may not be your children but we are the children of Pittsfield. We are not invisible.

It should not take this long to hear us. It should not take this long to help us.

Thank you.

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Source:, 13 Apr 2021

Wrap your cell phone in tinfoil
USA Created: 16 Apr 2021
The internet is the land of a million tongues and a thousand truths, many false.

It’s a brightly lit shadowy world where facts are sometimes factual, political agendas are everywhere and everything is coated in a thick sludge of advertising. The internet is where conspiracies go to thrive and multiply.

But it isn’t all lies. To be on the safe side we consult additional unreliable websites to confirm what we want to believe. Who killed JFK skims the surface; the fake moon landing is old news. The Walrus was Paul, Revere. I once waded into a website showing secret underground chambers in Walmart stores all across the nation.

Also, crazy people think crazy things and act on them. It wasn’t the internet that invented free range hippie cults living in fear of radiation, microwaves and voices in their teeth. The internet doesn’t make people in Albion, Greenfield Ranch and Planet Jupiter wear tinfoil helmets to thwart cosmic rays beaming from cell phone towers.

We laugh. But we also know it’s entirely possible for cell phone towers to blast invisible cancer-causing radioactive rays at us all the time, every hour, every minute, and that some day my ears might fall off and your frontal lobes turn to oatmeal.

SEMI-RELATED: The Ukiah Daily Journal recently ran a front pager (by Justine Frederiksen) on dwindling Monarch Butterfly populations. Clouds of butterflies no longer illuminate our skies. Andrea Davis, a local, was quoted saying she’s now lucky to spot a single caterpillar per year tucked in among the milkweed, giving her small hope another butterfly may one day take wing.

And you? How many little brown lizards do you see scampering around porches and parks these days, and how many did you see in the 1970s? How robust are frog populations compared to when you were a kid? Where did the banana slugs go? When did you last see a toad?

SEMI-RELATED: A friend I’ve never met emails me threats posed by corporations, progressives, global elites, etc., and last week sent documents from a lawsuit filed in 2001. The case, Murray v. Motorola, is on behalf of 13 people who believed their cancerous tumors were caused by cellphone radiation. All are deceased.

The opposing team: Sony, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Nokia, Samsung, the FCC and dozens more. Both sides have heavy-hitting lawyers and experts, and they go to war in a Washington, DC. Superior Court come July ’21.

The gist of the lawsuit is that yes, cell phone towers emit microwave radiation at unhealthy levels for humans, and at eradication levels for birds, bees, insects and everything else that flies.

But the twist in the lawsuit is that cellphones themselves are at least as deadly as the towers because there are “only” about three million cell towers, but 14 billion mobile devices.

Which cause the most devastation, towers or phones, is a tossup, not that it matters to the birds, bees or Monarch Butterflies.

From a supporting document: “Just 25 years ago the average human did no harm to other species or other humans when taking a walk. Today, every human being is a source of radiation wherever he or she goes.”Also: 5G technology means “any person with a cell phone is even more hazardous… to any bird or insect that flies between their phone and a cell tower.”

Now, comedy relief:

We live in Northern California, the most eco-sensitive spot on the planet. Courageous activists never miss taking shots at corporations threatening whales, spotted owls or redwood trees. They rage against loggers, chemicals, fracking, RoundUp, SUVs, contrails, Big Tobacco, plastic bags, L-P, G-P, Blood for Oil, highway construction, Big Pharma and so on, and on and on. They exist to shriek at those living a less righteous existence than theirs.

But who will they scream at if the lawsuit proves cell phones are destroying animal habitats? When they protest Fridays outside the courthouse whose name(s) will be on the placards they wave? Their own? Who will they jeer at? Themselves?

Will they demand compensation? Who gets it, who pays it?

Who will be Mendo’s first environmentalist to throw away her iPhone and offer weeping apologies for her mindless, decades-long, irreversible, deadly rampage against butterflies, bunnies, birdies and our fragile Mother Earth? Will she demand Justice for Toads Now!?

And who will be the first local journalist to apologize, in writing, to the tinfoil helmet weenies we’ve ridiculed through the years?
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Source: The Ukiah Daily Journal, Tommy Wayne Kramer, 02 Apr 2021

The costs of wireless technology: Guest columnist Christine Olson
USA Created: 14 Apr 2021
In the past 100 years something that cannot be seen, heard, smelled or touched has multiplied in our environment trillions of times. What is it? Radio waves, which are the basis for all wireless technology.

High frequency radio waves (microwaves) are broadcast from cell towers, communicating with antennas in our cellphones. Radio waves from routers fill our homes, enabling “smart” devices, Bluetooth headsets, wireless baby monitors, etc.

Wireless technology provides freedom and connectivity, but most people don’t realize that this comes at a cost. Radiofrequency radiation (RFR) can have a negative impact on our health and environment, as proven by scientific studies.

The massive proliferation of this radiation in our environment is unprecedented and raises the question: is it safe? New Hampshire’s state legislature created a commission to study this question and New York state is about to do the same.

In the past 40 years, cellphone technology has gone from 1G, the first generation, to 4G, the fourth generation, with ever-increasing speeds of transmission.

Northampton currently uses up to 4G, but the telecommunications industry is driving a huge nationwide push for 5G. With 5G, much higher-frequency millimeter waves will combine with the currently broadcast microwaves from 3G and 4G technologies. The telecom industry has not done any long-term studies on the impact of 5G on human health and the environment. None of these technologies have been proven to be safe.

In the past year Verizon has installed about five antennas (“small cells”) on utility poles in Northampton neighborhoods. Several are within 50 feet of homes. Placing small cell antennas in neighborhoods is a new industry trend consistent with plans for the 5G rollout. 5G millimeter waves travel shorter distances than 4G, and therefore require small cells every 500 feet!

No one wants to live under a cell facility large or small. Ample data shows that properties near cell towers lose value. What would happen to Northampton property values if densely-deployed small cells popped up on every other block, outside bedroom and kitchen windows? How would that affect the health of Northampton residents?

As a regulatory body, the Federal Communications Commission is responsible for setting maximum levels of wireless radiation. However, it is chaired by telecom lobbyists and primarily serves the interests of the telecom industry.

For the last quarter century, the FCC has refused to update the safety standards for microwave radiation, ignoring the explosion of scientific studies that identify radio frequency radiation as a potential health hazard. Many European nations allow much less RFR per square meter than the outdated FCC regulations.

In the age-old battle between science and big business over questions of product safety, the telecom industry claims that scientific study of exposure to microwaves is inconclusive, and maintains there are no biological effects other than the heating of tissues. Yet a multiyear, multimillion dollar study done by the US National Toxicology Program proved a positive link between radiofrequency radiation and tumors, DNA damage and cancer. This study was corroborated by the Ramazinni Institute in Italy.

The FCC is currently being sued for refusing to take seriously the results of legitimate scientific research.

In March of 2020, while crafting Northampton’s wireless ordinance, city councilors, to their credit, discussed the Precautionary Principle: “With environmental hazards, you don’t need to wait for full scientific proof before taking action to limit the potential for harm.”

To protect our homes and health from the encroachment of cell antennas, the council should strengthen the current ordinance by requiring: 1) greater setbacks from homes and schools; 2) fees structured to cover the cost of monitoring the radiation emitted from cell facilities; 3) clearly-worded notification to residents of pending installations; and 4) an annual recertification process. Please contact your city councilor about this.

Community broadband, which includes wired fiber optic cable, would provide faster, more secure, and more environmentally friendly connections than small cell antennas (no RF radiation). Plus, it would use significantly less energy than wireless transmission.

If enough Northampton residents say yes to broadband (as nearby hilltowns have) then fast, wired connections could be our telecommunications future. To express your interest, complete this survey online before the April 23 deadline:

For more information and occasional updates, email Safe Tech Northampton at Visit our FaceBook page, Safe Tech Northampton, for links to subjects in this article.
Christine Olson, a Northampton resident, a member of Safe Tech Northampton.
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Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Christine Olson, 13 Apr 2021

LG is getting out of the mobile phone business
USA Created: 5 Apr 2021
After years of trying to turn its fortunes around, Korea's LG said it would exit the mobile phone business globally.

Between the lines: The phone business is a hard one to make profitable for all but the largest players. LG was once one of those, but hasn't been for many years, and had no clear path to change that.

"LG’s strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services," the company said in a statement.

LG had said several months ago that it was reviewing its options, including a potential exit from the business.

Of note: LG said it will take until July to wind down its business and sell current inventory.

LG said it will continue to service and support phones for a period of time.
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Source: Axios, Ina Fried, 05 Apr 2021

Not April Fools: Wi-Fi devices to become mini-radar trackers by 2024 with planned upgrade
USA Created: 1 Apr 2021
As Wi-Fi becomes more and more present in public and private spaces, it becomes natural to leverage its ubiquitousness to implement groundbreaking wireless sensing applications such as human presence detection, activity recognition, and object tracking, just to name a few.

This paper reports ongoing efforts by the IEEE 802.11bf Task Group (TGbf), which is defining the appropriate modifications to existing Wi-Fi standards to enhance sensing capabilities through 802.11-compliant waveforms.

We summarize objectives and timeline of TGbf, and discuss some of the most interesting proposed technical features discussed so far.

We also introduce a roadmap of research challenges pertaining to Wi-Fi sensing and its integration with future Wi-Fi technologies and emerging spectrum bands, hoping to elicit further activities by both the research community and TGbf.
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Source: Arxiv, Francesco Restuccia, 27 Mar 2021

New 5G protocol vulnerabilities allow location tracking
USA Created: 29 Mar 2021
Security researchers have identified new vulnerabilities in the 5G protocol that could be abused to crash network segments and extract user data, such as location information.

The new vulnerabilities have been discovered at the end of last year by AdaptiveMobile, a cybersecurity firm specializing in mobile network security.

Detailed in a 36-page report published this week, the vulnerabilities impact 5G’s network slicing mechanism, a feature that allows network operators to split their 5G infrastructure into smaller portions dedicated for particular use cases, such as automotive, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and entertainment services.

AdaptiveMobile says the vulnerabilities it found can be exploited in hybrid mobile network setups where 5G is mixed with older technologies — network setups that are to be expected in the real world in the coming years as 5G technology rolls out and slowly replaces previous tech.

According to AdaptiveMobile, the attacks are possible because of “a lack of mapping between the application and transport layers identities,” which allows attackers to impersonate legitimate network functions in hybrid 5G networks.

This opens the door to situations where if an attacker manages to compromise an operator’s edge network equipment, they could abuse 5G protocol functions to launch denial of service attacks against other network slices or extract information from adjacent 5G network slices, including customer data such as location tracking information.

Furthermore, there could also be scenarios where partners who were granted access to network slices could abuse this privilege to attack other sections.
Improvements coming to future 5G standard

The security firm said it notified both the GSM Association (GSMA), an industry group for mobile operators, and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the organization in charge of developing the 5G standard, of the vulnerabilities it found.

“The full mitigation of the described attacks may require some larger feature development in 3GPP specifications and could potentially be part of Release 17,” AdaptiveMobile said.

Release 17, or Rel-17, is the version of the 5G standard that is currently in development and is expected to be released in mid-2022.

AdaptiveMobile’s research adds to previous work done on the security of the new 5G protocol. Despite being a newer and more modern telecommunications protocol, 5G is often exposed to attacks due to the need to support legacy features so 5G customers could interact with older-gen standards.

One such example is the GPRS Tunnelling Protocol (GTP). In June 2020, security researchers disclosed several GTP vulnerabilities that could be used to attack both 4G and 5G users.
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Source: The Record, Catalin Cimpanu, 26 Mar 2021

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