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Beware! Billion of Android users can easily be tricked into changing their devices’ critical network settings with just an SMS-based phishing attack.

Whenever you insert a new SIM in your phone and connects to your cellular network for the very first time, your carrier service automatically configures or sends you a message containing network-specific settings required to connect to data services.

While manually installing it on your device, have you ever noticed what configurations these messages, technically known as OMA CP messages, include?

Well, believe me, most users never bother about it if their mobile Internet services work smoothly.

But you should worry about these settings, as installing untrusted settings can put your data privacy at risk, allowing remote attackers to spy on your data communications, a team of cybersecurity researchers told The Hacker News.

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