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As mobile providers have looked to expand their service into the dead zones of their cellular networks, they've increasingly relied on femtocells, low-power base stations that essentially connect through the user's home Internet connection to hook into the provider's network. According to three researchers from iSec Partners, it's possible to hack these Linux-based boxes in order to silently observe and listen to all of the traffic coming in and out of a femtocell, without users ever knowing they connected to it or that someone else is eavesdropping.
Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading. View Full Bio