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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 -

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 -


Follow-up from Schneier

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

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

Some more general history -

Five Vodaphone technicians accused -

(Also from the latest Cryptogram, a link to a fascinating article on
hacking the XBox -


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 -

Further background from the Guardian:

Suicide adds to mystery -

Vodafone's greek tragedy act II -

And from a site dedicated to the dead technician -


Full review in IEEE Spectrum

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

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


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