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VOIP Hacker Blues

How many smokes will $700 buy?

Phil Harvey

July 7, 2006

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VOIP Hacker Blues

12:50 PM -- From The Philter's "It Sucks To Be…" Department, we bring you an update on the defense fund for Robert Moore.

Background: Moore is accused by federal authorities of being part of a scam where two men sold voice minutes to carriers, then took the carrier traffic and illegally routed it over the IP networks of at least 15 companies, which then had to pay for traffic that wasn't theirs.

The whole scam, explained here, is said to have helped Moore and his partner to bag more than $1 million in profits. So, yes, you can get something for nothing. Until you get caught.

Now the update: A Website set up to raise money for the legal defense of Robert Moore is now failing about as badly as Moore's alleged VOIP hacking scheme. The site has been taking donations since June 10 and has raised a whopping $680.47 to date.


According to a post on the site, "Robert was released to his parents under a $100,000.00 unsecured bond."

On Moore's personal Website, he features articles on network security and links to hacking tools like Global Brute Forcer, which is an application that helps hackers break into networks because it keeps guessing network passwords until it gets the right one.

Awesome. The courts love that kind of thing.

— Phil Harvey, Another Hack Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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