A report by an American cyber security company said that hackers led by a number of sponsoring governments are entering global telecommunications systems to spy on and steal data.
According to AP, Boston-based cyber security firm Cybereason said that by infiltrating telecommunications systems, hackers can access their call lists, location data and device information. The key, turning the network into a tool against users.
Cybereason’s CEO, Mr. Lior Div, said that because customers were not directly attacked, they could never discover that their movement was being watched by hostile forces.
The hackers turned the hacked telecommunications system into a global surveillance network, Mr. Div said in a phone interview with the AP before the report was released.
According to Cybereason, many users do not know they are attacked because hackers perform indirect attacks on telecom service provider’s servers.
Div is presenting his findings at the Cyber Week conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. The expert said Cybereason was contacted by an anonymous operator last year to ask for help. The network security company found hackers hacked into the company’s payment server, where records of calls were stored.
The hackers used access to extract call data of about 20 customers, Div said and refused to reveal the names of these people – only knowing that they are important figures in the mainstream. military and military.
Cybereason said the case led to the discovery of 10 other networks that were attacked in the same way, with the amount of stolen data amounting to 100 gigabytes. He revealed Div in some cases, hackers seem to be tracking devices other than phones, such as cars or smartwatch.
Whoever is behind such offensive campaigns is often a challenging question in the digital world full of fake signs. However, Cybereason said all the traces point to APT10 – the nickname is often associated with the notorious cybercrime group that has contact with China.
Mr. Div said the clues were so clear that sometimes he and his colleagues wondered if they were intentionally left behind for the purpose of making investigators think of APT10.
The expert said it was unclear whether the targets were warned about the risk of being followed, but said the Cybereason let carriers notify customers about the vulnerability.
Mr. Div also added that his team contacted a series of law enforcement agencies on the issue.