SIM swapping

Ne’er-do-wells leaked personal data — including phone numbers — for some 553 million Facebook users this week. Facebook says the data was collected before 2020 when it changed things to prevent such information from being scraped from profiles. To my mind, this just reinforces the need to remove mobile phone numbers from all of your online accounts wherever feasible. Meanwhile, if you’re a Facebook product user and want to learn if your data was leaked, there are easy ways to find out.

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SMS text messages were already the weakest link securing just about anything online, mainly because there are tens of thousands of people (many of them low-paid mobile store employees) who can be tricked or bribed into swapping control over a mobile phone number to someone else. Now we’re learning about an entire ecosystem of companies that anyone could use to silently intercept text messages intended for other mobile users.

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Also known as SIM splitting, simjacking, SIM hijacking, and port-out scamming, SIM swapping is a type of fraud that targets your personal information so that cybercriminals can pass themselves off as you and access your bank accounts. In short, the fra…

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The telecommunications giant T-Mobile disclosed a data breach after some of its customers were apparently affected by SIM swap attacks. The telecommunications provider T-Mobile has disclosed a data breach after it became aware that some of its customers were allegedly victims of SIM swap attacks. Crooks conduct SIM swapping attacks to take control of victims’ […]

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A total of eight criminals have been arrested on 9 February as a result of an international police operation into a series of SIM swapping attacks.  Eight men were arrested in England and Scotland as part of a year-long international investigation into a series of SIM swapping attacks targeting high-profile victims in the United States. […]

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Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter this week all took steps to crack down on users involved in trafficking hijacked user accounts across their platforms. The coordinated action seized hundreds of accounts the companies say have played a major role in facilitating the trade and often lucrative resale of compromised, highly sought-after usernames.

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