Hackers use Cisco VoIP device to break into a hotel's private network

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Hackers use Cisco VoIP device to break into a hotel's private networkhere.

Hackers at the Toorcon9 security conference in San Diego this week demonstrated how they broke into their hotel's corporate network using Cisco's VoIP device. The hackers used penetration tests propounded by a tool called VoIP Hopper, which mimics the Cisco data packets sent at three minute intervals and then trades a new Ethernet interface, getting the PC - which the hackers switched in place of the hotel phone - into the network running the VoIP. Readers are asking how the hotel's VLAN let this happen. Have your say

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In 2007, Cisco with the assistance of the FBI, successfully convicted 2 con artists who schemed to defraud Cisco out of millions. However, even more ominous for the morally challenged, is the continued pursuit by Cisco and the FBI of Cisco SMARTnet fraud. Individuals and companies involved in Cisco SMARTnet fraud who wish to turn themselves in or cooperate with law enforcement should contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation ...

Joe Panettieri's Eye on Cisco: Cisco's next municipal wireless move

Can Cisco transform the perfect storm into the perfect business opportunity? For those who missed the first two chapters of the municipal broadband story, let me get you up to speed. In Chapter One, several big city mayors promised their citizens free or low-cost universal broadband access. It was a "feel good" political story. How can affordable broadband be a bad thing?

Jeff Doyle on IP Routing: New faces, new ideas

I’m attending RIPE 55 in Amsterdam this week. While I’ve regularly attended NANOG and APRICOT over the years, this is my first RIPE meeting. And while I always look forward to NANOG and APRICOT as a time to catch up with old friends, I find myself standing off by myself in the hallways here, sipping coffee and scanning the crowds for familiar faces. I’ve said hello to Geoff Huston and Randy Bush; Phil Smith, Jordi Palet Martinez and Dave Meyer are rumored to be around here someplace but I haven’t seen them yet. My pal Kevin Epperson was supposed to be here, but he and his wife had a baby last week (congratulations, Kevin!).

Wendell Odom's Cisco Cert Zone: Beginning your journey into the IP Telephony world It is my pleasure to address everyone out there in the network world this week! During the course of this week’s articles, I hope to offer some insights and suggestions for those interested in breaking into the world of IP Telephony.

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Dheeraj Tolani's Cisco Routing & Switching Essentials: Securing your router

Welcome back. So far, we have configured a Cisco router with a basic configuration, including IP addresses, host tables, routing protocol (RIP), basic timeouts on lines, and DNS entries. It only makes sense to get started with some other basic security items. So we will discuss here some basic configurations that make sense for any router configuration.

Michael Morris' Notes from the Field: Network capacity management: Why few do it, but everyone should

I've been working on global, enterprise networks for over 10 years. During that time I've been exposed to small networks, large networks, dynamic networks built by the military, special purpose networks, the Internet, and so on. In just about every case, these networks shared the same flaw: the lack of a proactive network capacity management program. In the cases where network capacity management was addressed, it was a small attempt, relegated to third-class attention.

ChannelSurfing with Ken Presti: The managed services drumbeat approaches

Next month, the complexity will take another step forward as Cisco rolls out its new offer-based program for managed services. While the details are still being held close to the vest, it’s not yet too late for readers to give their two cents on what they’d like to see in such a program. What sort of help would you like to see managed service providers get? Is it marketing? Is it technological? Is it different areas of support?

Jamey Heary: Cisco Security Expert: Cisco gives its Security Research Center a makeoverThe Cisco Security Center. I would also go out on a limb and guess that not many people ever knew Cisco provided free security research content. Bottom line is the site offers lots of excellent, and free, security content.

Not many people realize that Cisco has been silently improving their security threat information site called

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