In all the phone hacking items I have listened to on the news over the last few months one point never seems to have been mentioned and that is how easy it is to hack someone's voice mail or answer machine messages. In case you don't know how to do it then type "how to hack a mobile phone" in your search engine and find out. I tried it on Google and got 45 million results in 0.15 seconds. All you need is the persons phone number and their PIN number for that phone. Mobile phone companies and land line phones all have a default setting of "0000" for the PIN number. In the instruction book for my phone it says "To change PIN enter new PIN and press OK" It doesn't make any attempt to stress how important it is to change this or warn that if you don't then not nice people who work for the News of the World can listen to your voice mail. Most people will not bother because they don't expect to have to access their voice mail from an other phone. How many of you have changed this PIN? Imagine what would be happening if all credit and debit cards were sent out with "0000" as the default PIN. How much money would have vanished from thousands of bank accounts before the card issuers would have been forced to change the system of issuing PIN numbers. So why haven't mobile phone companies changed the way phones are made so as soon as you set up your new phone you get a text message telling you what your PIN number is and the need to change it as soon as possible for your own security?
PS Even if you have been reading the News of the World for the last 25 years why now give it a miss this Sunday, and next Sunday and every Sunday from now until the sordid rag folds for good and all? Or you could click here and sign a petition to stop Murdock getting full control of BSkyB and even more power and influence.