Of course when you get a new phone number it is possible to leave the old one. So what happens to your old phone number? Mobile carriers often recycle your old number and give it to a new user. Telecom companies are doing this to reduce the shortage of phone numbers. But this is not good news for users. Users who previously owned the numbers should also remember that this process is not secure at all. Know that when your old number gets a new user, the new user will also be able to access the data associated with the old number.
This could jeopardize users’ privacy and cyber security.
According to a recent study by Princeton University researchers, reusing numbers could endanger users’ safety and privacy. Recycled numbers allow new users to access old information. When you change your number, not all digital accounts will naturally update your new number immediately. For example, you may still be using your old number in one of the eCommerce applications.
Researchers have listed eight threats that can be caused by number recycling. This is one of the major threats that an older user could face from a phishing attack. Once a new subscriber is assigned a number, they can trap the subscriber via SMS, the report says. Phishing attack when messages seem trustworthy
Researchers have listed eight threats that can be caused by number recycling. This is one of the major threats that an older user could face from a phishing attack. Once a new subscriber is assigned a number, they can fish the subscriber via SMS, the report says. Subscribers are prone to phishing attacks when messages seem trustworthy. The number can also be used to sign up for various alerts, newsletters, combinations and robotic calls. The recycled number can be used by attackers to break into profiles linked to an online number.
Researchers at Princeton have reported this to US-based carriers, including Verizon and Timo Mobile, but the truth is that telecom companies have done nothing to prevent this. So the only way is for you to be careful