[E-voting] Phone tapping controversy in Greece

Michael McMahon 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. 
> officials
> to "shadow" phones belonging to the eavesdroppers.
>
> There is a good article on wikipedia at:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_telephone_tapping_case_2004-2005
>
> 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 
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, 2005 Ericsson notified Vodafone of the
existence of the interception subsystem.



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