Mysterious hacking group is quietly breaking into global telecommunications networks, research finds | Science & Tech News


A mysterious group of hackers has been quietly breaking into the computer networks of telecommunications companies on a global scale, according to new security research.

Buried deep inside mobile infrastructure across the globe the hackers are able to spy on anyone whose device is connecting to those networks, according to cyber security company Crowdstrike.

But little is known about the hackers other than what the experts have been able to directly observe – that it is highly sophisticated, has been active since 2016, develops its own custom hacking tools, and has extensive knowledge of the sector it is targeting.

The information that the hackers can glean from hacking these networks “aligns with information likely to be significant interest to signals intelligence organisations”, Crowdstrike said, but who the group is working for remains a mystery – though there are several clues.

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