Senator Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse on Monday afternoon, telling reporters that 26 small businesses have been hacked. At least two are being sued by their phone companies for not paying their bills.
CNY Central is reporting that compromised phone numbers in Syracuse are being linked to telephone accounts in Somalia and the Philippines traced back to Al-Qaeda.
Schumer is asking the Federal Communications Commission to impose the same kind of protection credit cards carry , which would remove the financial liability from the business, or person, who's been hacked.
CNY says the calls are made within a short time period, and not discovered until the phone bill arrives, up to a month later.