Did you know that while you’re running iOS 4 on your iPhone, hackers can intercept your phone calls and listen in on your conversations like they do in the movies? Thankfully, however, a new feature in iOS 5 will warn you when you’re at risk.

Under the first beta release of iOS 5, if you attempt to make a call that hackers can tap into, you will receive a warning to tell you that the network you’re using is not encrypted…

First discovered by MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev-Team, who suspects the warning could be due to the growing interest in ‘IMSI catchers’, the warning reads:

“Unsecured Call

The cellular network you are using is not encrypted. This call can be intercepted by unauthorized listeners.”

An IMSI catcher is a a fake GSM base station designed to trick a nearby device into sending you its voice traffic. Of course, Verizon’s CDMA iPhone isn’t susceptible to this little hack.

While this may not be a concern to you or I, for those who may be a target for phone tapping, this will be an incredibly useful feature. Now you’ll know when the FBI is on the wire.

[AppAdvice]

  • Bigz

    Any jailbreak packages for this?

  • moob

    whats the point of just a warning? what they should implement alongside the warning is a toggle enabling the user to switch to stealth mode so you can manually encrypt your connection and continue with the call 🙂

  • You won’t know that the FBI is on the wire – legal communication intercepts happen at another place in the network, not over the air.

  • Ajay Sachdeva

    I get a notification on every call. Very irritating. How do I switch it off?

  • Ibrahim

    Yes please, how do I turn it off?