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Hackers Eavesdrop on Phone Networks to Steal Data

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 25 Jan 2005 02:32:23 -0500

By Gina Keating
Sunday, January 23, 2005; 12:03 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Computer hackers have taken to stealing data the easy
way -- by eavesdropping on phone and e-mail conversations to find the
keys to seemingly impregnable networks, security experts say.

The danger of attacks with insider information was illustrated earlier
this month with the arrest of a California man accused of breaking
into mobile phone network T-Mobile USA Inc.'s database and reading
e-mails and files of the U.S. Secret Service, and by the exploits of a
hacker who breached a hospital's database and changed mammogram

The nature of threats to network security has changed as sophisticated
hackers learned to tap into sensitive information flowing through
telecommunications' servers, especially those that provide wireless
and Internet access.

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