[ISN] Miami-Dade inmates hack into strangers' phone lines

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:01:15 -0600 (CST)

By David Ovalle

Hacking their way into home fax lines, inmates in Miami-Dade jails are 
racking up tens of thousands of dollars in collect calls billed to 
unsuspecting citizens.

Recent victims include a South Florida federal judge, a Miami Herald 
columnist and the county architect who helped design a Miami-Dade jail.

Corrections officials say the inmates, with help from accomplices on the 
outside, have figured out how to forward collect calls through AT&T from 
a victim's fax line to the inmates' girlfriends, pals or relatives -- 
who accept the calls but don't have to foot the bill.

Alabama-based Global Tel*Link, which operates jail collect- and 
prepaid-call systems nationwide, has reimbursed customers nearly 
$200,000 for bogus calls over the past two years, almost all in 

The Miami-Dade Corrections department and GTL say they can do little to 
stop the scam because the call forwarding is done through AT&T.


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