War dialing

War dialing gets an upgrade

This interesting story has implications for VOIP, SCADA and maybe more.

The co-founder of the Metasploit Project aims to upgrade wardialers this week, speeding surveys of blocks of phone numbers using voice-over-IP lines and storing data on who — or what — answers the phone at each number.

Dubbed Warvox, the software makes war dialing — which, today, involves expensive software and modem banks to efficiently check numbers — much less expensive and less time-consuming by using voice-over-IP lines. With only about 4 percent of numbers leading to modems, traditional war dialing misses the point, said HD Moore, the author of Warvox and project lead of the Metasploit Project.

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