It seems that not even strong 2-factor authentication methods are safe from human error. If someone possesses your phone number and username, a scenario can be devised to first login to a website and trigger a verification code sent to your phone. The attacker would then continue with a follow-up SMS message asking the user to forward the recently sent verification code to “validate that the phone is linked to the account”. The research demonstrates that 25% of test subjects forwarded the verification code.

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Mar 1, 2016
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