Would You Pay $250 to Intercept Somebody’s Calls?

Somewhere on the darknet there are people who say they will intercept the calls and texts of a mobile phone for USD250. They also claim to be able to provide complete access to a compromised SS7 port for USD5,500. Called Interconnector, the service is being touted on Tor, the anonymous network. Its providers claim that hacking SS7 networks is ‘easier than you think’. Or perhaps it is harder than they know, but they want to trick the gullible into parting with their money. Their customers can hardly complain to the police if they discover they paid for USD250 for a service that does not let them spy on their girlfriend’s messages.

Whilst there have been repeated warnings about the insecure nature of SS7, Interconnector sounds like the offering of chancers trying to take advantage of free publicity and low levels of understanding in order to score some easy money. USD250 sounds just too cheap to be credible. Such a low price would attract the interest of millions of creeps and criminals, whilst the NSA would soon be told that their budget should be slashed. However, you can decide for yourself if Interconnector is real or a fake. The woman who runs the service was interviewed by The Verge, and you can read their article here. Or you could venture on to the darknet and contact her yourself…

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns

Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.


Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a founding member of Qatar’s National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum’s Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group, and is an editorial advisor to Black Swan. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.


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