VoIPshield warns of potential hacker threat through Microsoft products

Heard the bad news over your VoIP communications? Ottawa-based VoIPshield Systems is warning that media stream attacks could hit Microsoft Office Communications Server, Office Communicator and Windows Live Messenger. Microsoft estimates over 250 million computers worldwide run those applications, so this represents a potentially gaping security hole.

Why does it matter? Hackers can disrupt phone service, eavesdrop on private calls and of course steal private customer information.

VoIPshield has some pretty decent videos demonstrating how a hacker might be able to cause a breach. Will organizations be any more proactive about this threat than the hazards to networks and web applications? I’d like to be optimistic…

In related news, there’s an excellent roundup of top 10 mistakes IT people in SMBs make. Read this BEFORE you set up your network.