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At Defcon, hackers get their own private cell network: Ninja Tel

• by Dan Goodin

Last year, cellular networks were also rumored to be compromised, raising the question: How does one stay both safe and connected at the Las Vegas-based confab?

For a hacker crew known as Ninja Networks, the answer was to build its own private phone network, complete with 650 HTC One V smartphones running a highly customized version of Google's Android operating system and a fully functional GSM network. Inside a van parked in the vendor section of the conference and bearing a sleek "Ninja Tel" logo was universal software radio peripheral gear, and devices that used the Open Base Transceiver Station and Asterisk software. This van also sported a included a 10-foot antenna on top.

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