Review: Xiscan

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The principle of Xiscan is a good one. It takes the idea of war dialing software, which hackers have used to their advantage for many years to scan telephone networks in an attempt to locate entry points, and turns it against the enemy.
Xiscan works in the same way that the hackers have always used automated telephone dialers – to probe for weaknesses in the network. The difference is that it is designed to be used within the network, to locate rogue modems and bring users to heel.
The basic idea is that if hackers can use automated dialers to gain an advantage over legitimate users, then why can't the legitimate user do the same? It is a very good question – and there is something very satisfying about the idea of wrestling control of hacker-type tools, and using them for legitimate ends. Xiscan takes the wardialer idea and turns it on its head, using it as a way to monitor the network from within.

The principle of Xiscan is a good one. It takes the idea of war dialing software, which hackers have used to their advantage for many years to scan telephone networks in an attempt to locate entry points, and turns it against the enemy. Xiscan works in the same way that the hackers have always ...

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