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Your Old Phone Number Could Get You Hacked, Researchers Say – Gizmodo

When you get a new phone number, mobile carriers will often “recycle” your old one—assigning it to a new phone and, therefore, a new customer. Carriers say the…

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When you get a new phone number, mobile carriers will often recycle your old oneassigning it to a new phone and, therefore, a new customer. Carriers say the reason they do this is to stave off a hypothetical future of number exhaustiona sort of peak oil for phone numbers, when every possible number that could be assigned to a phone has been taken.
However, the act of number recycling actually brings with it a host of security and privacy risks, a new study conducted by Princeton University researchers…

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