Phone hacking: the telco angle

Roger Hayter roger at
Wed May 1 19:48:57 BST 2013

On 1 May 2013, at 15:43, Florian Weimer <fw at> wrote:

> I recently revisited parts of the phone hacking coverage (mainly
> related to the activities of NotW), and it seems that this was never
> framed as a security failure at the mobile phone operators who ran the
> network and provisioned the attacked services.
> Is there any explanation for this?

They told us we needed to set a PIN to make it secure.  They, probably correctly, calculated that more people would be annoyed by having to set (and forget) a PIN than would be annoyed lack of security.  So they didn't make it compulsory.   Probably the right commercial decision at the time. Would still be the right one for me.  DOI:  I have forgotten my PIN.


Roger Hayter

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