[E-voting] Phone tapping controversy in Greece

Michael McMahon michael at hexmedia.com
Wed Feb 15 10:07:08 GMT 2006

The current phone tapping controversy in Greece has interesting
parallels with e-voting. Apparently, someone (nobody knows who) installed
monitoring software on 2 of Vodafone's mobile exchanges in Greece
and it was used to relay the phone conversations of over 100 govt. officials
to "shadow" phones belonging to the eavesdroppers.

There is a good article on wikipedia at:

Following is an interesting paragraph from it.

"The case was opened when Vodafone 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vodafone> customers reported technical 
problems and prompted a
review of the exchange software. On March 4 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_4>, 2005 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005> Ericsson 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ericsson> located in the software of two 
a so-called "lawful interception 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawful_interception>" subsystem of unknown 
origin that was never purchased or activated by Vodafone.
Apparently, the subsystem was activated only when the interception was 
taking place
and was somehow hidden at other times. This mode of operation made the 
subsystem difficult
to locate by the routine auditing mechanisms of the software's operation.
On March 7 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_7>, 2005 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005> Ericsson notified Vodafone of the 
existence of the interception subsystem."

- Michael.

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