SIM Swappers Targeting Specific Types Of People

SIM Swappers Targeting Specific Types Of People


LIKE THEY NEEDED ANY MORE CAPS. IT APPEARS THERE IS A WAY FOR CROOKS TO STEAL YOUR PHONE WITHOUT IT EVER LEAVING YOUR OWN HANDS, YOUR DEVICE. WE LOOK AT HOW WE CAN ALL PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THIS ONE. KEN, THESE DAYS OUR PHONES CONTAIN OUR WHOLE LIVES. THAT’S WHY THE TRICK KNOWN AS SIM SWAPPING IS SUCH A THREAT. THEY CAN HIGH HIJACK YOUR PHONE NUMBER TO ACCESS YOUR ACCOUNTS AND PASSWORDS. YOU CAN LOSE YOUR PHONE WITHOUT EVER PUTTING IT DOWN. A LITTLE BIT OF A PANIC. LIKE EVERYBODY, MY LIFE IS INSIDE OF MY PHONE. ONE MINUTE MARK HOPKINS WAS PLACE ON HIS IPHONE. THE NEXT, HE WAS LOCKED OUT OF IT. SUDDENLY IT COMES UP SAYING NETWORK NOT FOUND, SWITCH ON THE WI-FI, AND AS SOON AS I DO THAT, IT SAYS MY GMAIL PASSWORD HAS IMMEDIATELY BEEN RESET. HE KNEW RIGHT THEN HIS SIM HAD BEEN SWAPPED, MEANING SOMEONE SWITCHED HIS NUMBER TO ANOTHER DEVICE. TWO WEEKS LATER IT HAPPENED AGAIN. IF IT HAS NOD AFTERNOONED WHILE I WAS AWAKE, THEY WOULD HAVE HAD A LOT MORE TIME TO PLAY AND POTENTIALLY MORE DAMAGE. Reporter: THEY ARE IMPERSONATING YOU, ASKING WIRELESS CARRIERS TO TRANSFER YOUR PHONE NUMBER TO A NEW SIM CARD. THAT’S HOW THEY CAN ACCESS YOUR PASSWORDS, ACCOUNTS, PASSWORD INFORMATION, AND COMPROMISING PHOTOS. IT COMES DOWN TO TIME AND MOTIVATION OPINION. Reporter: THIS PROFESSIONAL HACKER GOES BY THE NAME WHISKEY NEON. HE SAID CROOKS CAN USE SOCIAL ENGINEERING, A WAY OF COLLECTING DETAILS THAT ARE ALREADY OUT THERE. I’M NOT SHOWING YOU ANYTHING THAT’S NOT WHAT ANYONE WITH A CREDIT CARD COULD DO ON THE INTERNET. Reporter: USING A LEGAL DATABASE, WHISKEY NEON FOUND MY PERSONAL INFORMATION IN SECONDS. TIPS THAT THE HIJACKER COULD USE TO IMPORTION NATE ME. THAT’S YOUR ADDRESS? YES. DATE OF BIRTH? YES. ISSUE DATE NOVEMBER 20th. THE GOOD NEWS? NOT SEVEN AT THE SAME LEVEL OF RISK. THEY TARGET PEOPLE WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION, OR MONEY. TAKE HOPKINS, WHO WORKS WITH CRYPTO CURRENCY. AM GOING TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS ITSELF TO GET SOME RANDOM GRANDMA’S PHONE NUMBER? PROBABLY NOT. Reporter: TWITTER CEO JACK DORSEY AND ACTRESS CHLOE MARETZ WERE HIGH-PROFILE PEOPLE AFFECTED. JUST THIS YEAR AT LEAST 13 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH SIM SWAPPING. HOPKINS KNOWS HE ALMOST LOST EVERYTHING, WHICH IS WHY HE SAYS IF YOU GET HIT, CONTACT YOUR CARRIER IMMEDIATELY. IF IT GOES MORE THAN AN HOUR, THEY’VE GOT EVERYTHING THEY NEED. Reporter: IF YOU WANT TO PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION, CALL YOUR PHONE COMPANY AND TELL THEM TO ADD ADDITIONAL SECURITY TO YOUR ACCOUNT, IN CASE ANYONE TRIES TO STEAL YOUR NUMBER. THIS TYPICALLY COMES IN THE FORM OF A PIN CODE. WE REACHED OUT TO VERNON, AT&T, AND T-MONEYLE TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO STOP SIM SWAPPING.

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4 Replies to “SIM Swappers Targeting Specific Types Of People”

  1. Fake bestfriends n family n loved ones u think r there for u…real close people the closest were my best friends that close

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