I’ve Become A Mobile Phone Hacker

phone hacking graphicWell, not quite – what I did was legal and legitimate!

This morning I have been voicing some new voicemail greetings for a client of mine, one of which I recorded in my studio and emailed over, the other 3 were for the company’s various mobile phones. For me to do this quickly and easily, he asked me to dial in to his voicemails, inputting his pin number to access the main menu, and so, I was in. I had the voicemails recorded very quickly.

In this instance, my client had setup his PINs to make sure I could get access, and changed them from the defaults. But this made me think, especially given the recent controversy with the News Of The World phone hacking scandal, how many people don’t change their PINs from the default? My guess is not many….

It’s scarily very easy to get hold of someone else’s voicemails if you were doing it for malicious reasons (when the default PIN is still used), and I think the mobile phone companies need to do something to address this problem, to help make it more secure. The solution? I don’t know, but there has to be a better way of making our mobile phones more secure.

Are you concerned about the ease of access someone could have to your mobile phone? If so, change your PIN now.

2 thoughts on “I’ve Become A Mobile Phone Hacker

  1. Absolutely Richard. I’ve had an Orange mobile for 16 years now and I set up my own PIN from the outset. All someone needs to do is dial the Orange 07973 100123 number, enter the “victim’s” mobile number and then try the default PIN. That’s assuming of course that Orange allow you to keep the default. I read somewhere that some mobile companies were no longer allowing the default PIN to remain in use.

    • That’s good…..

      I think this is the thing, mobile providers should not allow you to enable voicemail services without setting up a PIN – then all this phone hacking would be FAR harder to do!

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