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Vulnerabilities in the 4G network

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Those of you working on the 4G network swear by it and get frustrated when it cannot be accessed.   It might upset you to learn that 4G networks are vulnerable and just a few on-purpose steps, or accidental ones, could take 4G down for your town. 

Security geeks recently found that a simple technique could bring down service.  Leaving you in slow motion or worse, with no access at all.

WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton, explains how this works:

Researchers revealed last week that for roughly $650 and a little know-how, bad guy hackers could take 4G down for a local area.  They could purchase a cheap, battery-operated transmitter and an amplifier and aimed it at a LTE network hub they could take it down.  It could leave you in slow-mo on 3G and 2G networks but even those are being phased out.

The good news for all of us is these good guy researchers filed their report with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  This group advises the White House on telecom and information policy. The NTIA is working with experts to study this issue further.

In their report they mention roughly 8 places where a bad guy could hack the network and bring it down.

No known jamming has taken place but it's important that companies, like Verizon and Ericsson,  take note of these vulnerabilities. 

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If you would like to read the report filed, click here

NTIA's website can be found by clicking here

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