Phone Hackers Stick City For $15,000

from the sounds-like-the-good-old-days dept

InfoSec News writes “Grand Rapids taxpayers are footing a $15,000 telephone bill for international calls rung up because of hackers who broke into the city’s phone system over a weekend last summer. Hackers broke into the city’s voice-mail system in July and used a “back door” code to get access to an outgoing line. The access code was sold on the street and used to make $36,400 worth of international phone calls, said Tom McQuillan, the city’s director of information technology. Phone companies have agreed to forgive all but about $15,000 of the debt.”

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