Something that most people and businesses take for granted is their phone provider. The user dials a number, speaks with another person on the other end, and when he or she presses the button to end the conversation, normally a person can trust that the connection was actually ended. However, computer hackers are taking advantage of many businesses susceptibility to use “Voice Over Internet Protocol” for their phone services, and the businesses are having to pay huge sums of money due to fraudulent calls made by the hackers.
The scheme is pretty simple. Typically the attacks occur on weekends or overnight periods when there aren’t employees around to note strange behavior concerning the company’s telecommunications. Hackers can gain access to the phone system after tracing the number to figure out what company is providing the voice services.
After learning that bit of knowledge, the hackers then have a good idea of where to begin infiltrating a particular company’s phone lines. Hackers will use all of the phone lines to start dialing foreign premium phone numbers. We asked security analyst Igor Cornelsen about these. Cornelsen believes these premium numbers are usually for phone sex or psychic hotlines, which can quickly rack up the charge to an exorbitant amount.
Some of the hacking groups are connected with terrorism operations overseas, making solving these crimes a high priority for both consumers and law enforcement. However, it has proven to be difficult to catch these criminals, as they constantly switch numbers, target different businesses in different states simultaneously, and rarely attack the same business twice. For businesses to protect themselves, it is advised that phone lines are secured as competently as other web-enabled devices like computers.