Probing Smartphone Attacks with Telecom Network Solutions


Cyberattacks are becoming more polished, further motivating users to create a secure network structure. Public networks are becoming the most chosen target for hackers and organizations are establishing the right tools and protocols to mitigate the risks. Cyber security involves preventing and detecting the slightest wave of attacks that can have severe repercussions on safety and reputation. Data can contain sensitive information which in the wrong hands can be devastating. The Telecom Device Management Platform for CSPs provides end-to-end system amalgamation to enable safe device monitoring. Providing real-time analysis through data, Communication Service Providers make critical decisions and monitor their client databases remotely and securely. Telecom Device Management incorporates the required measures through a security approach and targeted protocols to administer the authentication and safety for transmitting data over all networks.

Looking back at the recent trends, The Multi-structured Networks saw a massive change as nearly the world is stretching into a digital one creating more opportunities for hackers. Drastic changes are furnishing cyberattacks from SQL injection to malware attacks creating a chain of storms in the digital world. During the second quarter of 2022, internet users worldwide saw approximately 52 million data breaches. Current smartphones in the market combine complex and extensive computing capabilities but with immature messaging technology or native security measures. Many incidents including crashed headsets or SMS hijacking deliberately corrupt users’ data headers.

Assimilating Cyberpunk Attacks

The use of data collected through attacks could differ in each situation. Software bugs like stage fright and froyo can be executed with a prerogative nature and are higher on some devices than others. Hackers can attack internal data and external storage making it strenuous for users to access their own devices. A successful CSP data breach could be a bonanza for dark web dealers. When the attacker uses a well-formed but malicious UDH header, it can make use of advanced SMS-born functionalities as specified by the Open Mobile Alliance. Unauthorized use of these capabilities can be used for these attacks: 

Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Push SL

A wireless application protocol is a text messaging that comprises a link to a web page when clicked will direct the user to a different web page from the one the user was previously on. WAP Push makes the users vulnerable through content and websites which are typically pushed to mobile devices with minimal to no intervention through messages. This method can allow a device with low protection and security to recover Binary data to execute intervention from the web. This is an unchallenging way for hijackers to subscribe to a device to cause serious damage to the CSPs. WAP enables providers to transport layers of data to be transported between endpoints or simply specific ports.

Over The Air Service Provisioning (OTAP)

Over the air, provisioning has been utilized as a loophole for authentication processes by hackers. Cellular networks have been using this through the user’s phone. Requiring no more than a simple touch by the user, the ease of exploiting this system has become one of the most targeted ways of hacking by dark web hijackers. OTAP messages can change settings on a handset. This is intended to be done by operators themselves, or in some cases by handset vendors. The problem arises when it is done by malicious third parties resulting in several attacks. The handset’s network settings can be altered, like  DNS settings or proxy settings. This creates the possibility for an attacker to lead the victim to a forged copy of their bank website without detection making it possible for the attacker to intercept the victim’s bank credentials. The handset’s WIFI encryption can also be tampered with. Hackers can switch off the protection making it possible to snoop into the user’s internet traffic when the attacker is in the proximity of the victim.

MMS Notification

An MMS notification is an SMS that notifies the MMS client on a handset that there is a message waiting to be collected with a URL of where the content can be retrieved from the network. An attacker could have this URL morphed to point to a binary program like Trojan or a web URL of his choice. The most alarming exploitation is when the victim isn’t needed to open the message to be prone to the attack. Built-in applications on devices as programmed to process the content of the link to have them ready in the device’s specific application.


SIM Tool Kit and S@T Browser Commands

With STK and S@T Browser command technologies supported in SIM cards and mobile networks, CSPs are now able to perform various actions on devices such as launching a browser, playing sound, show pop-ups, and make calls, sending messages, and much more. This technology enables operators to send users promotional offers or billing information. An attacker can abuse this mechanism by triggering a device to send location information, IMEI, to a third-party system. They are now able to collect the location information of the subscriber while the victims of the attack do not have the slightest clue.

Telecom Device Management Platform is the Superhero


6D’s SMS Firewall Anti-Spam solution rings fences the Telecom network to combat Smartphone attacks. This Unified Device Management Solution is implemented by traversing through advanced spam detection patterns methods with threshold through counter management and real-time analytics. The message processing and flexible Message Filtering Policy can be defined to cover any type of current and future SMS Spam in the network. Rule Engine supports various SMS Protocol layer parameters in multiple layers that are made available for Rule definition, such as User Data, UDH, URL, PID, DCS, and various other parameters. The platform maintains an SMS SPAM Database with the latest threats detected in the network. Apart from offering the full coverage of the entire spectrum of Faking, Spoofing, Flooding, and Phishing protection, the 6D SMS Firewall also helps the Telco to add a stream of revenue with the A2P monetization.

The present is just a sample to show us the range of prospective attacks on networks and their nature of complexity compared to before. Now is the time to stay ahead of the curve and proactively use software to enhance overall security.