Jeremy Paxman, a British anchorman, revealed some common techniques hackers use to get into your voicemail. Testifying before a public inquiry about the hacking scandal, the UK’s The Independent reports the anchor as purportedly quoting Piers Morgan from a 2002 lunch:
Mr Paxman told the inquiry: “He turned to me and said ‘Have you got a mobile phone?’
“I said yes and he asked if there was a security setting on the message bit of it. I didn't know what he was talking about.
“He then explained the way to get access to people's messages was to go to the factory default setting and press either 0000 or 1234 and that if you didn't put on your own code, his words, ‘You're a fool’.”