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Why do hackers want your phone's IMEI?

Seems like malware quite often sends your mobile number and IMEI back to a server, but what use is the IMEI to hackers?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Apr. 26, 2013 at 21:06

Read => http://samgranger.com/whatsapp-is-using-imei-numbers-as-passwords/ It's about Whatsapp's idiotic handling of user data - including your IMEI and phone number.
Another reason: there are lists of cloned IMEI. Now, if you steal a phone and intend to change its IMEI, you do not want to use an IMEI that is already in use :0
And then there is this scam:

IMEI scams happen when you use your mobile browser to bank online. The malicious site knows that you are visiting from your mobile device and serves up a popup that asks you to enter your IMEI number. Once the IMEI number is obtained by the hacker, they call your carrier and report the phone missing and then have a new SIM card sent to them. Now the hacker is armed with what equates to a cloned phone, and when your bank sends a text verification, the cloned phone gets the text and now the hacker can get into your bank account.
via http://www.viruss.eu/virus-news/what-are-imeisim-scams/

I'm sure there's more ;)

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 26, 2013 at 21:06

Read => http://samgranger.com/whatsapp-is-using-imei-numbers-as-passwords/ It's about Whatsapp's idiotic handling of user data - including your IMEI and phone number.
Another reason: there are lists of cloned IMEI. Now, if you steal a phone and intend to change its IMEI, you do not want to use an IMEI that is already in use :0
And then there is this scam:

IMEI scams happen when you use your mobile browser to bank online. The malicious site knows that you are visiting from your mobile device and serves up a popup that asks you to enter your IMEI number. Once the IMEI number is obtained by the hacker, they call your carrier and report the phone missing and then have a new SIM card sent to them. Now the hacker is armed with what equates to a cloned phone, and when your bank sends a text verification, the cloned phone gets the text and now the hacker can get into your bank account.
via http://www.viruss.eu/virus-news/what-are-imeisim-scams/

I'm sure there's more ;)

Johnny98709  Nov. 13, 2013 at 07:38

Most scams rely on a major institution to make a dumb mistake in order for their scam to work. In this case the stupid phone company does not assume that a scam could be in process. They should always ask stuff like: So what is your phone number; what is your address; what is your birth date. Dumb companies help scammers.

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