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FEMA Phones Hacked; Calls Made to Mideast, Asia

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posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 11:19 AM
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FEMA Phones Hacked; Calls Made to Mideast, Asia


abcnews.go.com

A hacker broke into a Homeland Security Department telephone system over the weekend and racked up about $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia.

The hacker made more than 400 calls on a Federal Emergency Management Agency voicemail system in Emmitsburg, Md., on Saturday and Sunday, according to FEMA spokesman Tom Olshanski.

FEMA is part of Homeland Security, which in 2003 put out a warning about this very vulnerability.

The voicemail system is new and recently was installed. It is a Private Branch Exchange, or PBX, a traditional corporate phone network that is used in thousands of companies and government offices.

"In this case it's sort of embarrassing that it happened to FEMA themselves — FEMA being a child of DHS, with calls going to the Middle East," Johnson said.

Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, India and Yemen are among the countries calls were made to, Olshanski said. Most of the calls were about three minutes long, but some were as long as 10 minutes.

Sprint caught the fraud over the weekend and halted all outgoing long-distance calls from FEMA's National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg.
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posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 11:19 AM
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Wow. Embarrassing isn't a strong enough word. Is this just incompetence or is this part of something sinister?

I'm not sure how I feel about this.

xMIBx



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posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 11:26 AM
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I have 1 question about this??

If they cant keep thier own sh!t safe.. how the hell are they going to keep us safe from the evil terrorists...

Really.. This post has something to do with them being retarted..



posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 12:26 PM
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I cannot help but laugh about this happening to those who in charge of botching Emergency Management during Katrina, and who knows what else...

Very funny. But crap like this may someday be what is used as the reasonong to take away internet or something. It's all about security



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