Hackers Tap 70 Million Prisoner Phone Calls

The constitutional rights of over 70 million prisoners may have been violated. Phone records obtained by an online publication point to a massive security breach at Securus Technologies, a company that provides phone services inside AmericaEUs prisons and jails.

Prisoners in at least 37 states were affected by the breach, which enabled hackers to gather calls from December 2011 to the spring of 2014, according to The Intercept. The data includes at least 14,000 recorded calls between prisoners and their attorneys, which are confidential and should not have been taped or stored.

EUThis may be the most massive breach of the attorney-client privilege in modern U.S. history, and thatEUs certainly something to be concerned about,EU David Fathi, director of the ACLUEUs National Prison Project, told The Intercept. EUA lot of prisoner rights are limited because of their conviction and incarceration, but their protection by the attorney-client privilege is not.EU

Did Securus Break a Promise?

We turned to Jonathan Sander, vice president of cybersecurity software company Lieberman Software, to get his thoughts on the breach. He told us people are saying the leaks break a promise Securus made about a EUsuperior security platform." But looking at whatEUs happened and what the company promised, that doesnEUt seem to be the case, he said.

EUSecurus promised that only authorized users of their platform, which records and catalogs millions of phone calls made to and from prison inmates, would be able to access the data in the system,EU Sander said. EULike so many other applications Securus built a great set of controls around the good guys walking into the front door, but itEUs likely this breach was about bad guys sneaking in the back.EU

Did Securus practice safe coding practices every step of the way? Did the firm ensure that any administrative functions for the application were as secure...

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