02 Aug '13, 8am
SIM Card Root Attack - Beware, anyone can hijack your phone
Karsten Nohl, a German security researcher from Security Research Labs, demonstrated the SIM card root attack in his talk at the Black Hat USA 2013 conference a few days ago. Titled – “Rooting SIM Cards” – he described a rooting technique that makes use of the management interfaces that network operators use to deploy or reconfigure Java applets on the SIM cards, the ways in which these applets communicate with one another, and the access they are granted to the SIM card. This SIM card root attack can all be done without the owner knowing that his/her SIM card has been compromised.