Jul 6, 2011

Is Phone Hacking A Common Commercial Practice?

As the investigation into the ‘phone hacking' scandal by the News of the World escalates, we have learned from a whistle blower that is not just the media who utilise this dark art – it appears to be common commercial practice!

Each service provider has their own generic password for all users to set up their voicemail services.  After the initial set up, the user of the mobile ‘phone should replace the original password with one of their own choosing – sadly, most people do not alter the original password provided by the service provider.

It is easy to identify the service provider by putting the first few numbers into Google – for instance 07770 is provided by Vodafone. Once the service provider is known, then it is possible to identify the generic password used for the initial setup.

If you believe you have had your voicemail hacked, we would like to hear from you – already we have noticed a pattern is forming.

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