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Created:(22 Aug 2007)
Last edited:(31 Jul 2012)
- The TIMSI stands for Temporary International Mobile Subscriber Identity, which is a pseudo-random number generated from the IMSI number.
- The TIMSI is utilized in order to remove the need to transmit the IMSI over-the-air. This helps to keep the IMSI more secure.
- To track a GSM user via IMSI or TIMSI, an eavesdropper must intercept the GSM network communication where the TIMSI is initially negotiated.
- In addition, because the TIMSI is periodically renegotiated, the eavesdropper must intercept each additional TIMSI re-negotiation session.