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Is Your VoIP Phone Vulnerable?

June 14th, 2006

It´s become a familiar pattern in online security. A groundbreaking way to communicate emerges, spreads like wildfire, and then hackers find a way to use it to their advantage. Security companies react—but not before the problem has succeeded in wreaking havoc. It happened with e-mail and is happening now with instant messaging and mobile devices.

The next area that could be targeted: Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, which lets people make low-priced phone calls using the same technology that delivers e-mail. And the results could be just as damaging, if not worse, than with other technologies, some security experts warn.

Unlike calls sent over traditional networks, VoIP calls are often routed over the public Internet, and details of those transactions can be spied on by outsiders. Law-enforcement officials allege that´s how Edwin Andres Pena and Robert Moore were able to steal so-called bandwidth, or the network space needed to carry Internet phone calls, and then resell it to unsuspecting patrons.Read Full Story

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