Hackers use old-fashioned eavesdropping to steal data

Tuesday, 25 January 2005, 6:53 PM EST

Computer hackers have taken to stealing data the easy way by eavesdropping on phone and e-mail conversations to find the keys to seemingly impregnable networks, security experts say.

The danger of attacks with insider information was illustrated earlier this month with the arrest of a California man accused of breaking into mobile phone network T-Mobile USA's database and reading e-mails and files of the U.S. Secret Service, and by the exploits of a hacker who breached a hospital's database and changed mammogram results.

By Gina Keating at USA Today.

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