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Mobile companies & carriers to be asked by US FCC and FTC about mobile security

The World of Technology isn’t escaped from checks and balance for that very reason several questions can’t go unanswered. The bad news is that the US agencies on Monday said, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have to ask for the explanation from mobile phone carriers and manufacturers as to how they release security updates in the midst of increasing concerns over issues & vulnerabilities of security.

According to FCC, the agencies have properly, through written communication informed the Apple Inc, AT&T Inc and Alphabet Inc, including others, as per FCC statement“to better understand, and ultimately to improve, the security of mobile devices,”.

Six mobile phone carriers were issued letters by FCC, regarding security vulnerabilities.Nevertheless, the other eight mobile device manufacturers are asked to showcase “the factors that they consider in deciding whether to patch a vulnerability on a particular mobile device.”

Apart from that, a report also roamed about the FTC stands on, “detailed data on the specific mobile devices they have offered for sale to consumers since August 2013” and “the vulnerabilities that have affected those devices; and whether and when the company patched such vulnerabilities.”

As the sphere of activities enlarged for which great deal of work is needed to address the issues that have been raised about how the security of mobile communications can be improved. In this connection, the agencies are investigating about how mobile carriers and manufacturers handle security updates for mobile devices because consumers and businesses are facing lots of problems.

FCC is the view that safety of their communications and another personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use and owned.“There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the security and integrity of a user’s device,”FCC added.

Mobile carriers including AT&T , Verizon Communications Inc, Sprint Corp, US Cellular Corp, Tracfone Wireless, which is owned by America Movil SAB, and the T-Mobile US, which is owned by Deutsche Telekom, were sent letters by the FCC regarding asking questions about their processes for reviewing and releasing security updates for mobile devices.

The companies are compellingly bound to give a response to the FCC and FTC questions within the limited timeframe of forty-five (45) days. In December 2014, FCC’s report said that there were more than 355 million US mobile wireless devices in use. The agency noticed the rise in strength up to 382 million by mid-2015.

The vulnerability in fact known as “Stagefright” in the Android operating system could affect almost 1 billion Android devices around the world, FCC noted. While Reuters reported in August that Google and Samsung were ready to release monthly security fixes for Android devices.

Security researcher Joshua Drake notably found the issue that could allow attackers to send a special multimedia message to an Android phone and found many messages unopened with access-sensitive-content, is after all considered a big change.

The FCC said that Apple refuse to comment so do the Google refuse to comment immediately. However, the question of consumer’s protection left in oblivion despite delays in resolving vulnerability issues. While in the persuasive statement of Vice president for cyber security at CTIA, John Marinho who said that “customers’ security remains a top priority for wireless companies, and there is a very strong partnership among carriers.”

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Munawar Gul

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