[UPDATE] Beware of missed calls from ‘+92’ numbers, SIM cloning expected, says TOI
With reference to the report, “Beware! Missed call clones SIMs!” (July 2), upon cross-checking with more sources, TOI learns that cloning a SIM card requires physical access to it or the interception of the communication between the caller and his or her cellphone operator’s network. Wirelessly or remotely intercepting information contained within the SIM, though theoretically possible, is considered extremely difficult. It may require hacking into the telecom operator’s network or using very expensive tools. General manager, BSNL Moradabad, RV Verma, said research is under way to detect how cloning of SIM card or a cell phone was possible by way of drop-ping missed calls or getting the target dial a particular number. “We are working on it and hope to decipher how it is happening,” Verma said. About the origin of the alert, Verma said it was an official BSNL communication to him. “The alert was circulated to quite a few other circles,” he told TOI.
There would have been times when you would have received a missed call from numbers starting with +92 or even #90 or #09 but if you have not then, you are lucky. It has been noted by various telecom operator and intelligence agencies that many subscribers who have been receiving missed calls from numbers starting with ‘+92’ have fallen prey to getting their phone and SIM cards, cloned.