Security analysts have demonstrated that it is possible to access Voip (voice-over-internet-protocol) phones, and they have been able to listen to calls and even manipulate the system to dial expensive premium rate numbers. Access was apparently gained via default passwords but the manufacturer in question, Snom, has said the research was carried out on old software which is no longer in use. Snom maintains that current systems always require the setting up of a new password as part of the installation process.
The premium rate scam is just one misuse of the Voip system with potentially serious consequences for employees who could be wrongly implicated. The wider issue, however, concerns the growing trend of devices being fitted with internet based software and the question of securing acess and use of these.
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