Tuesday, March 15, 2022

A Phone Relay Capture Of Russia’s Communications In Ukraine

In the latest Communications setback to hit the Russian Military, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), claims to have Captured a Hacker who was helping to provide Communications Services for Russian Troops inside Ukrainian Territory.

The SBU shared Details, in a Tweet and Telegram Message, posted at around 10:00 AM Local time (4:00 AM ET), including Pictures alleged to show the Hacker and their Communications system, though the Reports have Not been independently confirmed.

According to the SBU’s Telegram post, the Hacker was helping to Route Calls from within Russia, to the Mobile Phones of Russian Troops in Ukraine, and also sending Text Messages to Ukrainian Security Officers, and Civil Servants, proposing they Surrender.

Images shared by the SBU, claim to show Hardware and Software being used for these Activities, and appear to be consistent with a Relay system for Voice and SMS communications.

In a Tweet thread, Cathal Mc Daid, CTO at Adaptive Mobile Security, explained the Devices used and their Significance.

Mc Daid said that the System was comprised of a SIM Box Server that could Switch among 128 different SIM cards, paired with GSM Gateways for connecting Voice Calls and SMS Messages, to a local Mobile Network, and unknown Software to handle Messaging and Call Forwarding.

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