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Vodafone UK 'Hacked via Femto'

6:30 AM -- This could be a grey hair moment for anyone banking on the femtocell market's success -- the Hacker's Choice claims to have uncovered a vulnerability in the femtocells distributed by Vodafone UK that can turn the tiny home base station into an interception device.

Check out the details at this associated blog.

Vodafone UK launched its femtocell service in July 2009. And Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is one of the biggest supporters of the base stations. The operator has launched femto services in nine markets -- Australia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Qatar, Spain as well as the U.K. (See Brits Get Femtos From July 1 , Vodafone's Femto Empire and Operators Reveal Femto Realities.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:59:18 PM
re: Vodafone UK 'Hacked via Femto'

Here's the statement from Vodafone about this hacking claim, which it posted on its Forum:


"Overnight on July 12, a claim appeared that hackers had found security loopholes in Vodafone Sure Signal which could compromise the security of Vodafone’s network.

This is untrue: The Vodafone network has not been compromised.

The claims regarding Vodafone Sure Signal,  which is a signal booster used indoors, relate to a vulnerability that was detected at the start of 2010.  

A security patch was issued a few weeks later automatically to all Sure Signal boxes.  

 As a result, Vodafone Sure Signal customers do not need to take any action to secure their device.

We monitor the security of all of our products and services on an ongoing basis and will continue to do so."

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