Engadget: How a trivial cell phone hack is ruining lives. “It would be really great if there was a security trick or technique I could offer or recommend for people to do to prevent their SIMs from being ported (swapped, stolen). Like ‘here’s this extra, annoying security step you can add to your SIM account.’ The truth is, cell carrier companies haven’t done much, if anything, to increase SIM security.” Get a YubiKey!
Motherboard: Hacker Who Stole $5 Million By SIM Swapping Gets 10 Years in Prison. “A 20-year-old college student who was accused of stealing more than $5 million in cryptocurrency in a slew of SIM hijacking attacks is the first person to be sentenced for the crime.”
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.”