Phone Voice Mail Hacking
unauthorized access of your cell
phone voice mail
incredibly easy to hack into
someone's mobile phone voice mail. Most if not all carriers have a
wide open security gap waiting to be exploited. I've tested the
hacking vulnerability of Sprint Nextel and it failed miserably. First
let's see how we can protect your voice mail.
very simple. Make sure that your
account allows you to set a voice mail password that's active when
you call in from your cell phone. If your mobile phone allows you to
call your voice mail and go straight to listening the messages
disable that option. If you can not disable it change your mobile
phone provider right away!
a password access an
unauthorized person can get in, listen to your messages, change all
kinds of settings, even change the password so you're locked out your
own voice mail.
How It's Done
you dial your voice mail from your
cell phone the provider's computer system recognizes your caller ID
and let's you right in unless your password is enabled. A hacker can
easily spoof caller ID.
There are several ways this can be
accomplished. The easiest one is to setup a SIP VOIP account that
allows outbound calls to regular telephone lines. There are hundreds
of providers that specialize in this. By the way, SIP accounts are
you need a SIP compliant
telephone, or if you don't have one you can use a softphone like
X-lite or Ekiga. Configure your softphone per SIP provider's
instructions and you'll be able to dial numbers just as if you had a
regular phone. This is still 100% legitimate and actually a very
cheap method to place calls.
Here comes the trick. The SIP provider
allows you to specify your caller ID. There is nothing sinister about
it, that's just how the technology works. Typically, you log into
your account and set the caller ID. On occasion the caller ID is set
on the telephone instead. Well, if you set the caller ID to the
number of the cell phone you are calling the gates will open wide.