Hi all,

FYI. See link.

Take care,

Jay

August 19, 2011
Your Voice Mail May Be Even Less Secure Than You Thought
By RON LIEBER

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/20/yo...gewanted=print

For all of the palace intrigue recently about who in Rupert Murdochís News Corporation kingdom knew what about phone hacking when, one fundamental question about the scandal has gone mostly unanswered:

Just how vulnerable are everyday United States residents to similarly determined snoops?

The answer is, more than you might think.

AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile do not require cellphone customers to use a password on their voice mail boxes, and plenty of people never bother to set one up. But if you donít, people using a service colloquially known as caller ID spoofing could disguise their phone as yours and get access to your messages. This is possible because voice mail systems often grant access to callers who appear to be phoning from their own number.