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Jan 18 2009   5:50AM GMT

Summing Up VoIP Security for 2008

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

A lot happened in 2008. We had what seemed to be a marathon Presidential campaign season capped off with the election of the first African-American to be President of the United States. We had a housing crisis with a mortgage industry in free fall. We had the government bailing out Wall Street banks and investment firms to the tune of $700 Billion with no oversight and no strings attached, while scoffing at bailing out the automobile manufacturing industry for $30 Billion with conditions and a plan to turn things around. We saw 2.6 million Americans lose their jobs. Aside from that part about electing a new President, 2008 didn’t seem to hold much worth smiling about.

Mark Collier, CTO of SecureLogix and co-author of Hacking Exposed-VoIP, found a silver lining though. In his blog, Collier sums up the year in VoIP security for 2008. He notes that, overall, the year was kind of boring. That may not sound like a silver lining, but if the alternative was one of the ‘sky-is-falling’ FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) predictions being realized then suddenly boring is not so bad. Check out Collier’s blog for more details of the state of VoIP security in 2008 and links to some of the few attacks that were publicly disclosed.

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