After 5 years, the 5G networks will become the main link between a large number of devices of all kinds, as this will include Internet of Things applications, buildings, cities and smart cars as well, in addition to some sensitive work within the health and industrial fields and many others, despite the many benefits that it will provide 5G networks through exchanging device data through them, but this will bring with him many concerns about the privacy and security of users.
For example, if all of your smart home and personal devices are linked with 5G, a lot of personal information about you may be collected such as your geographical location, your movements, your entry and exit times, as well as the places you go to when smart cars spread more in the future.
Of course, this data will be preserved and protected in the normal case, but any breach of the companies that collect or exchange this data may result in the disclosure of a huge amount of users ’personal information, which may lead to many problems.
5G networks are currently experiencing some vulnerabilities
Researchers discovered many loopholes within the 5G networks and their communication protocols at the beginning of this year, the last of which was several weeks ago as researchers within the universities of Purdue and Lowa revealed new vulnerabilities that allow hackers to track the user's location in real time or even send fake emergency alerts that can Also disconnect the phone from the network.
In some cases, the hacker may also be able to convert your connection to an older generation generation such as 4G or 3G without your permission, i.e. the phone can become more vulnerable to penetration, in fact, the presence of these vulnerabilities is not new for a new generation of cellular networks, and from Naturally, it is expected that attacks and penetrations against devices that use 5G will increase due to the increase in their number significantly since the launch of the previous generation for the first time.
The team of researchers alerted the GSMA organization, which is the main responsible for setting the standards of cellular networks, where the researchers of the organization stated that the effect of these vulnerabilities is non-existent or low at best, but the date of completion of the repair of these vulnerabilities has not been revealed, or even if they will be fixed in the first place, It is worth noting that these vulnerabilities were not practically tested because the 5G networks are still limited to a few cities far from the location of the researchers.
Are 5G networks safe and protected?
In fact, there is no clear and explicit answer to this question, despite the presence of many current vulnerabilities, but allowing hackers to access your device through it is still a theoretical matter at least for now, moreover, 5G networks are still new and may take them to reach most areas around The world is several years, so telecom operators and 5G providers still have a lot of time to improve the network and fill the gaps to make it safer.
Far from whether 5G networks are impervious to penetration or not, some are still concerned about 5G equipment providers such as Huawei due to their problems about this with the United States, currently there is no reason to worry about the ability of Huawei or other eavesdropping The users, due to the lack of any evidence of this, except for the accusations leveled by the United States several months ago.
It is also worth noting that most telecommunications companies take many measures to secure their networks to make them immune to any attempt to penetrate or eavesdrop by 5G equipment providers such as Huawei, by using a mixture of devices from several other suppliers such as Ericsson and Nokia within the network The one.