You may have heard or read about fraud modus involving what is called a “SIM swap scam” and thought, how can this happen exactly? A SIM swap is the last step to be carried out by the scammers in order to take over an individual’s financial accounts, be it banking, trading or credit cards.
A cyber expert Sunny Nehra has warned users about the SIM swap cases. Cyber criminals are pretending to be Vodafone, Jio, Airtel customer care executives and users are being asked to submit their 20-digit SIM card number and Aadhar card details. Using the details, the cyber criminals are gaining complete access to the bank accounts of users.
One day after last summer’s mass-hack of Twitter, KrebsOnSecurity wrote that 22-year-old British citizen Joseph “PlugwalkJoe” O’Connor appeared to have been involved in the incident. When the U.S. Justice Department last week announced O’Connor’s arrest and indictment, his alleged role in the Twitter compromise was well covered in the media.
The Pegasus developed by Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO Group, spying scandal is back in headlines. An international media consortium reported on Sunday that over 300 verified mobile phone numbers, including of two ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders besides scores of business persons and activists in India could have been targeted for hacking through the spyware.
The United States Department of Justice announced that Joseph O’Connor (aka as the "notorious SIM swapper"), a 22-year old UK national, was detained in Spain on several charges related to the Twitter hack in July 2020.
A juvenile in Canton Township and six other men have been identified as members of “The Community,” an international group that hacks into people’s cellphones -- often bribing or tricking mobile phone companies -- to steal millions of dollars in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency, officials said.
Your cellphone number is a single point of failure.
Think about it. You use your cellphone number all the time. You use it when you sign up to sites and services, and sometimes you’ll use it to log into an app or a game on your phone. Your phone number can be used to reset your account if you forget your password. And, you use it for two-factor authentication to securely login to your accounts.
Mr. Shapiro claims AT&T employees took bribes from hackers and gave them control of his mobile account 4 times over the course of one year. Mr. Shapiro also claims that the hackers then used their control over his mobile account to take control of his personal and digital finance accounts and steal more than $1.9 million from him.
Mr. Terpin claims that AT&T allowed an illegal sim swap to occur after an imposter posing as Mr. Terpin obtained Mr. Terpin’s telephone number from an insider cooperating with the hacker without the AT&T store employee requiring him to present valid identification or to give Mr. Terpin’s required password.
Mr. Williams claims that AT&T employees gave hackers control over his mobile account and phone number through an unauthorized SIM swap, and because of that, the hackers were able to take control of his personal and financial accounts, steal his cryptocurrency, and destroy his business, all resulting in the loss of Mr. Williams’ $2 million investment.
Mr. James Chen claims that AT&T employees gave unauthorized access to hackers in a sim swap which allowed the hackers to steal $764,168.00 from his bank accounts. The hackers then created a new cryptocurrency account, purchased cryptocurrency using the stolen money for themselves.
Ms. McCants claims that AT&T agents were paid to override security measures on her mobile account and allowed an unauthorized user to access her confidential account information. The information accessed then lead to Ms. McCants attack.
Watch Rob Ross interviewed on NBC5 in Cincinnati
SIM Swapping Victims Who Lost Millions Are Pressuring Telcos to Protect Their Customers
Rob Ross interviewed by FOX news in San Francisco
Robert Ross & Santa Clara County DA Erin West interviewed by ABC7 Michael Finney
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