Wiretapping the easy way - using the vendor's technology

Like many people I was surprised earlier this year when news of a mobile phone tapping scandal engulfed Vodafone Greece over the Olympics, but now I'm equally amazed by reports that the eavesdroppers used software already installed on the Vodafone switches to carry out their tapping tasks.

According to various reports, Sony-Ericsson has now cheerfully admitted that its switch software supplied to Vodafone included a monitoring system, fitted as standard.

The monitoring system is built into the software of the switch. And guess what? Virtually all modern switch technology has this capability.

So there you go. Phone tapping - on wireline or wireless connections - is now as easy as pie. Provided you have the right codes.

Let's home Sony Ericsson and other switch providers don't use default passwords for such services...