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Be careful who you send your MMS to

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It is the weekend and you are out on a date and you want to capture and share the fun you are having with your friends around the world. So, you whip out your iPhone 3G, take that memorable shot and zap it across AT&T and other networks to your friends. Right? Wrong! Read below and think again.

MailChannels, an anti-spam company, did some research and found out that O2, a UK-based mobile operator, allowed unprotected access to private MMS messages sent on its network via a simple web search. MailChannels made O2 aware of this flaw and O2 has since fixed it.

However, things get uglier. Slashdot did similar research further and found that Sprint and Boost, an MVNO, also has similar flaws. In fact most of the other operators also had such flaw in their systems but a lot of them have been patched recently.

So, next time you send a picture to your friends, will it truly reach the eyes it is meant for or will the whole world get to see it?

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Written by dvdand

July 22, 2008 at 10:59 am

Posted in Boost, MMS, Sprint

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