Uncovering security issues in the latest 5G standards

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As 5G becomes more ubiquitous across the globe, the security community is given more of a chance to review and understand the potential security concerns associated with implementing the standard. These security concerns fall into two categories: inherited flaws and out-of-specification issues.

Inherited flaws

Bloomberg reports that it will cost hundreds of billions of dollars to upgrade from 4G/LTE to 5G. This is a massive cost for any company or nation to bear, requiring many companies to slowly phase in the next generation of cellular technology over the next decade. Because these partial 5G networks rely heavily on pre-existing 4G/LTE technology, they will also absorb their vulnerabilities. 

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