[ISN] Winnipeg businessman on hook for $52, 000 phone bill after voice mail hacked

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 03:27:06 -0600 (CST)

By Megan Hurley
Canadian Press
December 17, 2008

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg businessman is on the hook for a $52,000 phone 
bill after his voice mail system was hacked and hundreds of calls were 
made to Bulgaria.

Alan Davison, owner of HUB Computer Solutions, noticed something was 
wrong when “feature 36” — a message unknown to him — kept popping up on 
his phone.

He called Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and discovered hundreds of 
calls were recently made to Bulgaria, racking up a $52,321.14 phone bill 
due Jan. 2.

“If I have to pay that whole bill out of my own pocket, I’m looking at 
having to lay off one of my employees,” Davison said. “It’s quite 
obvious something was right out of whack. There were hundreds of phone 

The MTS representative sent Davison an e-mail outlining how to protect 
his company from long-distance theft.

Davison also reported the phone bill to the MTS fraud department.


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