Neowin: Best Buy starts selling Google Fi SIM cards

Neowin: Best Buy starts selling Google Fi SIM cards. “Just a couple of months ago, Google’s Project Fi service became Google Fi, and upon dropping the ‘Project’, the firm immediately took steps to make it more mainstream. While all GSM unlocked and T-Mobile phones already worked on the network, ‘official’ support was added, which meant that you can now activate a device that’s not officially made for Fi, rather than having to activate an official Fi device and swap the SIM card to another phone.”

Motherboard: SIM Swapping Victims Who Lost Millions Are Pressuring Telcos to Protect Their Customers

Motherboard: SIM Swapping Victims Who Lost Millions Are Pressuring Telcos to Protect Their Customers. “In the last year, hundreds—perhaps thousands—of people have had their phone numbers hijacked by hackers looking to steal their unique Instagram usernames or their cryptocurrency. Using a technique known as SIM swapping—a process by which criminals take control of a target’s phone number—hackers have been able to steal millions of dollars from bitcoin and other digital currencies investors. Now, a small group of victims who lost millions to these cybercriminals is trying to fight back.”

Motherboard: How to Protect Yourself From SIM Swapping Hacks

Motherboard: How to Protect Yourself From SIM Swapping Hacks. “Criminal hackers have been targeting Instagram users with short or unique usernames, as well as people who own Bitcoin. To steal the victim’s accounts or cryptocurrencies, the hackers first seize the cell phone numbers of targets, which gives them the ability to reset passwords on any account linked to a given number. This kind of hack is what’s called a port out scam—an expression derived from the concept of porting a number from one carrier to another—and is also known as SIM swapping or hijacking.”