John Hering, Executive Chairman and founder of the California-based mobile security company Lookout, gathered a group of ace hackers to demonstrate on 60 Minutes how easy it is to hack cell phones. He hacked into the cell phone of 60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi. He accessed her email and collected her credit card information.
Hering’s colleague, Karsten Nohl of Germany’s Security Research Labs, tapped and recorded a phone call 60 Minutes had with a U.S. Representative. Nohl did so by exploiting a flaw in the Signaling System Seven, aka SS7. It’s a global network that connects cell phone carriers all over the world. The Representative, Ted Lieu of California, considers the SS7 flaw “a threat to national security.” 60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7pm on CBS.
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) April 15, 2016