Is Your Phone System Secure?

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Real Estate Agent with Eau Claire Realty, Inc.

Eau Claire Wisconsin Real Estate

That question is probably something that you don't normally ask yourself when you own a business. But in the age of technology and computers this is something to seriously consider. According to this story a man in Winnipeg had $52,000 added to his bill after a hacker(s) gained control of his voice mail. While this seems out of the norm it actually seems very easy to do and it doesn't look like most phone systems have any sort of prevention for this sort of thing. With only a 4 digit code protecting you how safe can you be?


I would definitely read the article and if you or your business has a similar phone system I would check into this. The ironic part is this guy's business is networking and security. This may or may not be something new but it is definitely something to keep an eye on.

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Steven Wright
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Even though this is one more thing to be aware of on top of many others. You raise a really good point with this post. Just another reason why I like Active Rain.

Dec 27, 2008 04:03 PM #1
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Certainly something I haven't thought about. 

All the Best!

Dec 27, 2008 04:04 PM #2
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I do not understand why the company would do remote transfer. This is certainly a security loop. But it is nice to know. We are in the process of setting up a new company phone system. This comes in handy. We will take all necessary precautions.

Dec 27, 2008 04:35 PM #3
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell
It seems to me the logical conclusion if they got in using the 4 digit code that we need to change that to a much longer password just like we would use with any other password. I wonder if you could "war dial" a phone system and brute force it by just going through each possible 4 digit code. Is that 4^10 ? Thats really not that many possibilities.
Dec 27, 2008 04:39 PM #4
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Marcy Moyer
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist - Palo Alto, CA
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Thanks for the info. Why can't people just be honest? I hate hearing new ways of how people can make life difficult for others, but it is useful to have the information.

Marcy Moyer Intero Real Estate Menlo Park, Ca

Dec 27, 2008 10:45 PM #6
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
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It would be a big pain if someone messed around with your voicemail but a very dire situation if they rang up $52,000 in charges. Not to mention as the article points out that this was most likely used in a criminal situation in order to have untraceable numbers.
Dec 27, 2008 11:07 PM #7
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Great info - thanks for sharing!

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