5G risk assessment

5G is on the way, but there’s no reason to start running around with your pants on your head just yet. While there will be a lot of hoopla about 5G in the CBD area of major cities there is a very large infrastructure network that will have to be put in place. Think at least Q4, 2020. At least by that time there should be a nice selection of phones to choose from. Nevertheless, here are a few juicy points about 5G you can start wrapping your head around.


5G  Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance. 5G was supposed to offer new protections against so-called stingray surveillance devices. New research shows it’s anything but. One of the 5G network’s main improvements to thwart stingrays is a more comprehensive scheme for encrypting device data, so that it doesn’t fly around in an easily readable, plain text format. But the researchers found enough lapses in this setup to sneak a pair of 5G stingray attacks through.

5G means you’ll have to say goodbye to your location privacy. You can’t use the new mobile technology without sacrificing the privacy you enjoy today.  Anyone with access to your ISP’s cell tower data will be able to hone in on your exact location far more precisely than they can today under our 4G networks. Think meters instead of kilometers!

5G Security Flaw – Many of the security protocols and algorithms for 5G are being ported from the previous 4G standard, which researchers have found can still allow device fingerprinting for targeted attacks as well as the possibility of man-in-the-middle (MiTM) offensives.

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