more at http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/mobile-voicemail-hacking-britain-us-0939/Britain was rocked this week by the latest developments in a massive cellphone-hacking scandal that's been unraveling for several years. One of the nation's largest newspapers is shutting down as a result, and friends of the prime minister face the loss of their jobs, or even possibly jail time.
The entire affair stems from a series of "hacks" - really just illegal accessing - of the mobile-phone voicemail boxes of public and private citizens. The journalists and private investigators who carried it out on behalf of the Sunday tabloid the News of the World had no special technical skills and found it easy to get into other people's voicemail.
So could the same thing happen here in the United States? It almost certainly could. American cellular carriers' voicemail security is no better, and in some cases worse, than that of their British counterparts.