Fw: Very Important News Item on pg 13 in TOI, Mumbai edition, 02 July 2012...
Read to avoid cloning of your cell phone
Subject: Very Important News Item on pg 13 in TOI, Mumbai edition, 02 July 2012...
Beware of those missed calls on your cellphone
Experts Warn Of SIM, Phone Cloning Attacks
Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui TNN
Lucknow: Next time if you get a missed call starting with +92; #90 or #09, don’t show the courtesy of calling back because chances are it would lead to your SIM card being cloned. Telecom service providers are now issuing alerts to subscribers as after calling back on these numbers, the person at the other end will get your phone and SIM card cloned.
According to reports, more than one lakh subscribers have fallen prey to this new telecom terror attack and the frequency of such calls continues to grow. Intelligence agencies have reportedly confirmed to service providers. “We are sure there must be some more similar combinations that the miscreants are using to clone the handsets and all the information stored in them,” an intelligence officer told TOI.
BSNL general manager, R V Verma, said the department had already issued alerts to all the broadband subscribers and now alert SMSes are being issued to other subscribers as well.
IT expert Rakshit Tandon, who also teaches at the UP police academy, said the crooks can use other combination of numbers as well while making a call. “It is better not to respond to calls received from unusual calling numbers,” says Tandon.
Punit Misra, who runs an IT consultancy firm in Lucknow, said, “One should avoid storing specifics of their bank account, ATM/credit/debit card numbers and passwords in their phone memory”. The menace that threatens to steal the subscriber’s information stored in the phone or external memory (SIM, memory & data cards) has more to it.
Once the SIM/phone is cloned, culprits well use the cloned copy to make calls to any number they wish to. This exposes the subscribers to the threat of their connection being used for terror calls. “It usually starts with a missed call from a number starting with + 92.
The moment the subscriber calls back, his or her cellphone is cloned. In case the subscribers takes the call before it is dropped, then the caller on the other end posses as a call centre executive, checking the connectivity and call flow of the particular service provider. The caller then asks the subscriber to press # 09 or # 90 to call back on his number to establish that the connectivity to the subscriber was seamless,” says a victim who reported the matter to the BSNL office at Moradabad last week.
While the # serves as the warning digit, the first four digits that follow show the country where your cellphone clone will be available the moment you dial the missed call.Thanks & warm regards
Dr. Om Prakash JainEmail: opjain@...
Mobile: +91 98200 29669