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joe
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Posted on Saturday, 20 March, 2010 - 05:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

The full article from the BBC is here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/8577125.stm

But the worrying thing is the last paragraph of the text:

"He also admitted possessing apparatus to obtain electronic communication services namely wires, cables, crocodile clip and screwdrivers."

Heck... I need to have a clearout and FAST !!!
I've got more of that stuff on my bench than Maplin has in stock... which isn't hard as it happens.
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azayles
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Posted on Saturday, 20 March, 2010 - 08:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Oh crud, if that's the case, my house is FILLED with "contraband" lol!
And yeah they love me in Maplin, too. I've cleared out their entire stock of component nnn on many occasion, usually to the bewildered surprise of the store clerk when I ask:
"Can I have some 5mm red LEDs?"
"How many do you need?"
"How many do you have?"
And then they ask what on Earth I'm building with seven hundred LEDs and I say "Oh just a lil project I'm working on. Say, when's you're next delivery?"

(Message edited by azayles on 20 March, 2010)
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steerpike
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Posted on Sunday, 21 March, 2010 - 12:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

I'd say not so much phone tapping as "theft of phone service". This is common here (not to call 'naughty numbers' but for making calls to places like Nigera) that people are encouraged to subscribe (for a fee of course) to a service where you have to dial in a secret password before you can make any normal call.

And to anyone who sees the security hole in that - don't mention it here! We don't want 'them' getting info on circumventing it.
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azayles
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Posted on Sunday, 21 March, 2010 - 12:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Oh god, and I saw the security flaw straight away!
that's bad :-( It's not any more safer, password or not.
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steerpike
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Posted on Sunday, 21 March, 2010 - 05:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

I think the call blocking service was originally designed to stop people just using your phone without your permission (say your housekeeper while you were out). For that it is probably quite effective.

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