[E-voting] Phone tapping controversy in Greece
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/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
and was somehow hidden at other times. This mode of operation made the
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."
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