Law Enforcement Wiretaps: Background And Vulnerabilities presented at HOPE Number 6 2006

by Sandy Clark, Matt Blaze, Eric Cronin, Micah Sherr,

Tags: Security Legal

Summary : The politics of wiretapping is a hot topic (again) lately. But how do the police actually tap telephones anyway? How might tapping technology fail? Telephone wiretap and dialed number recording systems are used by law enforcement and nationaecurity agencies to collect critical investigative intelligence and legal evidence. This talk will examine the technology of (legal) wiretapping and show how many of these systems are vulnerable to simple, unilateral countermeasures that allow wiretap targets to prevent their call audio from being recorded and/or cause false or inaccurate dialed digits and call activity to be logged. An exploration of possible workarounds, as well as the broader implications of the security vulnerabilities in evidence collection systems.