SIM Card Swap

An adversary could convince the mobile network operator (e.g. through social networking, forged identification, or insider attacks performed by trusted employees) to issue a new SIM card and associate it with an existing phone number and account [1] [2]. The adversary could then obtain SMS messages or hijack phone calls intended for someone else [3].

One use case is intercepting authentication messages or phone calls to obtain illicit access to online banking or other online accounts, as many online services allow account password resets by sending an authentication code over SMS to a phone number associated with the account [4] [5][6][7].

ID: T1451

Tactic Type:  Without Adversary Device Access

Tactic: Network Effects

Platform:  Android, iOS


Version: 1.1