[ISN] Hackers stick California city with $30,000 phone bill

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Date: Tue Nov 05 2002 - 04:05:05 PST

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    Published Nov. 4, 2002
    Associated Press
    EAST PALO ALTO, CALIF. -- Hackers have stuck the city of East Palo
    Alto, California with a huge phone bill -- $30,000.
    A number of calls were placed to the Philippines over a five-day
    period in July -- and they weren't made by city workers.
    AT&T investigators confirmed that hackers broke into the city's
    telephone system to make the bogus calls before they were detected and
    cut off.
    Now AT&T wants its money -- but the city doesn't want to pay. The
    city's typical monthly phone bill is about $10,000.
    Officials say they shouldn't have to pay because the bill was the
    result of fraud. But AT&T says the city is responsible for the
    security of its telephone system.
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