Phone hacking: the telco angle
C R Ritson
c.r.ritson at newcastle.ac.uk
Thu May 2 11:19:44 BST 2013
Not long after this became public I got a text from my phone company to say that they had noted that my voice pin was still unset/default and asking me to set it. I did (and probably can't remember it).
Chris Ritson (Computing Officer and School Safety Officer)
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>From: ukcrypto-bounces at chiark.greenend.org.uk [mailto:ukcrypto-
>bounces at chiark.greenend.org.uk] On Behalf Of Roger Hayter
>Sent: 01 May 2013 19:49
>To: UK Cryptography Policy Discussion Group
>Subject: Re: Phone hacking: the telco angle
>On 1 May 2013, at 15:43, Florian Weimer <fw at deneb.enyo.de> 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.
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