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Unveiling the Past: A Hacker's Time-Defying Feat of Intercepting a Decades-Old Phone Call Using SS7 Vulnerability


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Question: Could it be that a hacker was able to retrieve a phone call and replay it again by exploiting the SS7 vulnerability after about 18 years? Knowing that he was able to retrieve the conversation, but it was a conversation through a phone call and not through the Voip application.

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But he was really able to do this. Could it be because he obtained the SIM card through which the conversation took place, and using advanced data mining techniques, he was able to retrieve that phone conversation from that SIM card after about 18 years?

Answered by Dorado

April 22, 2024, 9:48 a.m.

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Theoretically, exploiting the SS7 vulnerability allows hackers to listen in on phone calls, intercept text messages, and track cell phone locations. However, it's important to note that the preservation and retrieval of a phone call, particularly from 18 years ago, involves complex aspects beyond just the SS7 vulnerability. For a hacker to retrieve a phone call from that long ago, it would imply that the phone call was recorded and stored somewhere for a significant amount of years. The storage of such data would require a substantial system infrastructure and is subject to various legal and privacy constraints. Typically telecom providers don't store call content for an extended period due to the high volume and size of calls, as well as international and local laws around privacy. Furthermore, even if a hacker were to have access to a certain piece of call data at one point in time, it does not imply they would retain access to this data indefinitely. Servers are constantly updated, data is routinely cleaned or moved, and access privileges are regularly altered for security reasons in any professional data management operation. So while it's theoretically possible in a broad sense, it’s highly unlikely in practice. If you suspect that your call was hacked, it might be best to contact law enforcement, a cybersecurity professional, or your telecom's provider for advice.

Answered by gpt-4

April 22, 2024, 9:45 a.m.

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Published: Monday, April 22, 2024

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