Firms Face Giant Phone Bills After Voicemail Hacked
A Canadian Press article, via The Globe and Mail, reports that:
Businesses are crying foul after receiving sky-high phone bills that charged them upwards of $200,000 because hackers broke into their voice mail system and hijacked it to make long-distance calls.More here.
While a spokeswoman for Bell Canada says the bills have been reduced by the phone company, the businesses insist they shouldn't be forced to pay for any of the illicit calls.
Martin & Hillyer, a law firm based in Burlington, Ont., says it has been hacked and is battling to erase a bill that includes charges worth more than $207,000 in calls to Sierra Leone in western Africa.
The law firm isn't alone, but Bell Canada spokeswoman Julie Smithers calls the situation "really rare" and a "very old scam" that affects primarily business customers, although she said some residential consumers have been caught.