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WNYC shows how easy it is to hack into voicemail

WNYC did a good bit of simple reporting that made the News of the World scandal particularly relevant to U.S. audiences, showing how easy it is to hack into voicemail systems — including those in the U.S. The station found it could easily access voice mail messages in AT&T account and Sprint accounts, but wasn’t able to do so for T-Mobile and Verizon phones. A lot of attention is paid to online security and privacy these days, so it’s easy to forget that new technologies are also endangering our privacy in older, analog systems. In this case, several online services make it easy to spoof cell phone numbers — thus enabling the hacking — for just $10. Hopefully the News of the World scandal will spur phone companies to tighten security.

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