According to a Forbes.com article, Internet Security specialist Tom Cross revealed a secret back door placed in Cisco products used for law enforcement monitoring at the Black Hat Security Conference last month. The feature is called “Lawful Intercept”. But this feature could be putting Cisco users at risk, according to an IBM consultant, because the back door does not have very tight security.
Also according to the article, Cisco is not the only company doing this. It was a similar practise of sharing information with law enforcement that enabled the recent hacking of Google. Erickson Network switches have also been compromised using this same technique.
Nothing like locking the front door but leaving the back door wide open. Read the full article at Forbes.com.