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After years of warnings, mobile network hackers exploit SS7 flaws to drain bank accounts • The Register

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/03/hackers_fire_up_ss7_flaw/ O2-Telefonica in Germany has confirmed to Süddeutsche Zeitung that some of its customers have had their bank accounts drained using a two-stage attack that exploits SS7: Thieves exploited SS7 to intercept two-factor authentication codes sent to online banking customers. Is this beginning of end for use of SMS for two factor authentication? SS7 was known to be

Cell phones to operate underground

Cell phones do not work on tunels and other undeground contructions without help because many meters of earth, stone, concrete and steel to block the RF signals. To make cell phones to work underground, you need to build some sort of structure that allows signals to pass through so you can access your wireless data.

Building Services with BLE Beacons – Solinor

https://solinor.fi/2016/11/22/building-services-with-ble-beacons/?utm_campaign=57c010efdc97a50ed8009ccb&utm_content=5836f61473a6a3500b05279c&utm_medium=smarpshare&utm_source=facebook Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons are small, typically battery powered, devices that periodically broadcast an identifier to their surroundings. They are an inexpensive way to make applications aware of their surroundings. With beacons no user action is required for an application to obtain the proximity information. When a smartphone enters the range of a beacon,

Struggling towards 5G | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/5g-waves/4458307/The-struggle-to-5G?utm_content=bufferf9a50&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer  5G is developing so fast it’s hard to get a handle on it, whether you’re responsible for building 5G systems or writing about them. Part of the problem is that 5G is not one proposed standard, it’s a growing set of them.  Every new proposal of this sort complicates the ability of standards bodies

Using a supercapacitor for power management and energy storage in IoT

http://www.edn.com/design/power-management/4458294/Using-a-supercapacitor-for-power-management-and-energy-storage-with-a-small-solar-cell–Part-1 The environment has abundant energy but little power. Energy harvesting can tap the environment’s “infinite” source of energy, and avoids the cost of wiring to mains power or replacing of batteries. This article will look at using small solar cells.  Depending on the light level, whether indoors or out, small solar cells may deliver

Waiting for the new new thing

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/09/waiting-for-the-new-new-thing/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&sr_share=facebook The smartphone wars are over, and everybody won. Life without our phones is almost unthinkable.  But now that the gold rush is over, and we’ve entered the mopping-up phase – what next? What is, as Michael Lewis once put it, the new new thing? Conventional wisdom gives us five major contenders: AI, AR/VR, biotech,

Can you trust Linux-based Tizen OS?

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3187840/linux/can-you-trust-linux-based-tizen-os.html Yesterday there was a story about millions of Samsung IoT that are vulnerable to attacks due to zero-day security holes. “I have been extremely critical of IoT vendors ignoring the importance of updates and security, putting millions of users at risk. In the case of Samsung, what bothered me the most was that these devices

Samsung’s Android Replacement Is a Hacker’s Dream – Motherboard

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/samsung-tizen-operating-system-bugs-vulnerabilities A security researcher has found 40 unknown zero-day vulnerabilities in Tizen, the operating system that runs on millions of Samsung products. Samsung has long sought to reduce its reliance on Google and Android to run its Galaxy smartphones and tablets and other devices. It already has Tizen running on some 30 million smart TVs, as well