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January 18, 2008

Sipera Viper Lab's Top 5 VoIP Threats of 2008

By Brian Solomon, TMCnet Web Editor

Sipera VIPER Lab, operated by Sipera Systems (News - Alert) has revealed its list of the Top 5 VoIP Threat Predictions for this year. Using its own extensive research, the Sipera VIPER team determined the most potentially impactful VoIP/UC threats of 2008.
"The openness and extensibility of SIP make it an attractive choice for enterprises and service providers to realize the promise of unified communications. Unfortunately, those very attributes make it attractive to the hacking community and increase the overall security risk," said Sipera founder and CTO Krishna Kurapati (News - Alert). "To fully realize the potential of unified communications, organizations need to implement up- to-date security best practices, and proactive UC security and system monitoring. Complementing those efforts, Sipera VIPER Lab will continue to issue threat advisories and provide consulting services to customers, partners and the general public to ensure unmatched unified communications security."
Sipera VIPER Lab's Top 5 VoIP Threat Predictions for 2008 are based on industry trends including major IP telephony vendors offering SIP solutions, enterprises deploying VoIP and unified communications beyond the traditionally secure perimeter, as well as service providers embracing fixed mobile convergence.
Sipera’s Top 5 threat predictions are:
    1) Denial of service (DoS) and distributed DoS attacks on VoIP networks will become an increasingly important issue as enterprises deploy SIP Trunks and unified communications for the mobile workspace.
    2) HTTP or other third party data services running on VoIP end-points will be compromised for the purposes of eavesdropping and other cyber-attacks.
    3) The hacking community will turn its attention towards Microsoft (News - Alert) OCS, creating botnets and launch attacks.
    4) Hackers will set up more IP PBXs to be used for vishing and phishing. Vishing bank accounts in particular will accelerate.
    5) VoIP attacks against service providers will rise, with anonymous $20 SIM cards as the tool of choice.
Brian Solomon is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To see more of his articles, please visit Brian Solomon’s columnist page
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