Cybersecurity has been an ongoing issue around the world and with 5G, it is no different. According to researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa, at least 11 weak spots have been found in 5G. According to the GSMA, they consider the threats as “low impact” in practice and due to this, changes may not be made to prevent future dangers.
Several vulnerabilities span from “stingrays” which are cell towers that can be used to spy on users, “paging occasion” which can be used to track the location of a phone, and also, the ability to create emergency alerts to cause panic. These concerns are no different from what we already experience using 4G technologies but the structure of 5G is different as it relies on distributed network architecture and IT protocols, which will bring about further issues.
Any attack on our security via 5G and 4G networks can be done by anyone with knowledge of these two and an inexpensive software-defined radio. Chaos can ensue and the security issue will no longer be “low impact.” This is not good for consumers or businesses. Any violator can determine if someone is in transit or even target drones. 5G will be infiltrating bigger industries, such as vehicles and healthcare and that will bring about more security concerns. Are we really safe with the new 5G technology network? Or are we setting ourselves up to newer security issues, which we have yet to know how to handle?