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Vodafone's Greek tapping attack

I was intrigued to read in the European news (opens in new tab)that the Vodafone mobiles of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, five cabinet members and a number of top officials were secretly tapped for about a year.

According to the Greek government, it only discovered what had happened after one of its informants spilled the beans as to where she was getting her information from.

The government claims that the tapping was the result of spyware, but has declined to reveal any more information.

The Reuters newswire (opens in new tab), meanwhile, quotes Theodore Roussopoulos, a Greek government spokesperson, as saying that illegal software was found on Vodafone Greece's computers.

The situation is sufficiently serious, says Roussopoulos, to warrant a judicial investigation.

According to Reuters, several socialist opposition politicians, including former defense minister Yannos Papandoniou, whose phone was among those tapped, have reacted angrily to the news and demanded a full investigation.

Most of the tappings apparently took place around the time of the summer Olympics back in 2004.

What's surprising about the revelations is that it's taken until now before they were made public.

If I was more cynical, I'd observe that it was way too late to discover what actually happened around 20 months down the line.

Maybe that's what Vodafone (opens in new tab)and the Greek government want the great unwashed (i.e. the public) to think - maybe the investigation has already taken place.

Chances of finding out the real truth? around minus 170 per cent...