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Greek Phone Tapping via Ericsson Backdoor

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 08:24:08 -0400 (CLT)

A while back there was a scandal about an illegal wiretap on Greek
politician's mobile phones.  I thought I had posted about it here, but I
can't find anything now (I remember looking around for information and
finding little).  A BBC report from the time is here -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4674216.stm

It turns out that the tapping was done via part of the system intended for
"lawful interception" -
http://homes.esat.kuleuven.be/~gdanezis/intercept.html - and there's a
rumour - http://betabug.ch/blogs/ch-athens/312 - that access to the system
is possible via a simple backdoor.  In which case all Ericsson phone
systems could be vulnerable.

Info from Cryptogram - http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-0603.html

Also via Cryptogram, this cute social hack on a basketball player -
http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&id=19754&repository=0001_article

Andrew

Follow-up from Schneier

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2006 10:43:03 -0400 (CLT)

Some more general history -
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/06/greek_wiretappi_1.html

Five Vodaphone technicians accused -
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/07/greek_wiretappi.html

(Also from the latest Cryptogram, a link to a fascinating article on
hacking the XBox -
http://www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/17_Mistakes_Microsoft_Made_in_the_Xbox_Security_System)

Andrew

Vodafone Fined (Technician Killed?!)

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 13:54:53 -0300 (CLST)

BBC reports that Vodafone have been fined for this tapping -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6182647.stm

Further background from the Guardian:

Suicide adds to mystery -
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1702505,00.html

Vodafone's greek tragedy act II -
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,,1717891,00.html

And from a site dedicated to the dead technician -
http://www.whycostas.com/case_presentation.html

Andrew

Full review in IEEE Spectrum

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 08:54:35 -0400 (CLT)

http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/print/5280

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