[E-voting] Phone tapping controversy in Greece
michael at hexmedia.com
Wed Feb 15 10:13:18 GMT 2006
Sorry about all the URLs! Here is a more readable version.
Michael McMahon wrote:
> 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.
> 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 customers reported technical problems
and prompted a review of the exchange software. On March 4, 2005 Ericsson
located in the software of two exchanges a so-called "lawful interception"
subsystem of unknown origin that was never purchased or activated by
Apparently, the subsystem was activated only when the interception was
place and was somehow hidden at other times. This mode of operation made
subsystem difficult to locate by the routine auditing mechanisms of the
operation. On March 7, 2005 Ericsson notified Vodafone of the
existence of the interception subsystem.
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