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#1 Captain B

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 10:37 AM

Verizon's Expanded Announcement System
Audio file portion by ic0n - Text file by Captain B

To skip directly to listening to the supplemental audio file first,
which will let you hear the menu prompts from inside the Expanded
Announcement System, go to:
http://goblin.crappy...nnouncement.mp3

Telco error messages... We've all heard one at some point. An atypical
error message usually starts off with those 3 tones, known as S.I.T. (Special
Information Tones) followed by, "We're sorry. The number you have
reached... etc". But, have you ever wondered about the recording process
for phone company error messages, or how they're stored, accessed,
modified, or deleted when need be? Well, if you happen to live in my
part of Verizon's service area, Verizon maintains a phone system they
call their Expanded Announcement System. Now, due to the fairly potent
nature of this system, I won't be disclosing certain important specifics
here, such as the phone number to dial, or the passcode to enter in.
But, I will tell you that once inside the system, you can listen to,
record, modify, or delete error messages. The thing I was kind of
surprised to learn about is that a single telco error message is usually
2 or more individual recordings pieced together to form a single error
message. And actually, the system refers to those individual recordings
as a "message". And, an entire error message put together from those
individual message recordings is called an "announcement". Each
individual message in an announcement is stored in a slot, which the
system refers to as a "position". And, every other position in an
announcement seems to be blank. (Doesn't contain a message). I think
this is because it contains a "message function" instead. Which, I
believe tells the system whether to play another message for the next
position in the announcement. And, if so, it would also tell it which
one to play. Otherwise, the announcement is deemed finished, and
therefore ends if no message function is contained in the next position.
In other words, a message function serves as the parameters within an
announcement. And, as you probably guessed, there exists a feature in
the menus to "define a message function". And, although I didn't mess
with that feature to play it safe, I imagine it could be a fairly
involved process. By the way, if you were to record over an existing
message with one of your own, all announcements that used that
particular message within it would now feature your re-recording of that
message. However, the system seems to not allow for any recorded
messages assigned for use in many announcements to be recorded over.
Apparently, this is some sort of failsafe measure. However, you can
always re-record a message that's hardly assigned much for use within
announcements, or Isn't assigned for use in any announcement. Also, you
can record a brand new message within any blank "message number" that
doesn't already contain a recorded message. Or, just use option 5 from
within the message administration menu (accessible from the main menu)
to create a new message/message number from scratch. The system
information feature in the main menu lets you listen to a list of open
announcement numbers, message functions, and open or unused message
numbers. Unused message numbers are recorded, but unassigned messages.
Different announcements and message functions are stored seperately in
individual announcement numbers, and message function numbers on the
system. Just like how the different messages are stored seperately in
individual message numbers. All in all, Verizon's Expanded Announcement
System is pretty complex and vast, with a storage of thousands of
messages, and lots of announcements and message functions. And, an
almost limitless number of ways to combine them all. As a result, I
would guess it could take a pretty good amount of time to put together
an entire announcement. Especially if It's all done from scratch, rather
than through modifying or using any existing messages, message
functions, or announcements. But, I don't think I recommend spending
long sessions logged into the Expanded Announcement System in the first
place. Especially not during regular Verizon business hours. (It's just
good common sense). Also, I don't know whether this system is logging
ANI, either. Besides, It's pretty obvious that they intended this system
to be for telco tech personnel use only, anyway. By the way, you don't
have to live in my local or regional area to access the Expanded
Announcement System, since It's dialable through a standard 10 digit
phone number.

Shout outs: ic0n (as always), Hopping Goblin, OldSkoolPhreak.com and all
the Agents of Freedom, Dual Parallel, Stankdawg.com and all the forum
krew over there, all the people behind the screens at hackerhost.com,
Cue Biz and the Telco Insiders, Decoder, Unity, Phreakblaze, White Raven,
Bagel, Reaver, and all the old LPH krew. And, the countless people who've
helped me an ic0n make our site www.hackerhost.com/lph what It's grown
into.

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 02:48 PM

*pisses pants*

Wow that was great, I haven't got to hear it yet, but what a good read, are these sytems on random numbers, do they go bye co or region??? :WHAT:

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 06:39 PM

Very nice!! Expanded Announcement System is the shizzie!! Cool text, Captain B...ya know, I always wondered why those "message functions" were blank, I never realized those were the 'spacers' in the announcement. I'm kind of relieved that you didn't drop the number of the thing...I mean, how many times have you been tempted to make the most common error announcement play "do-dO-DO, Captain B 0wns Verizon, please hang up and go hack a PBX, thank you" :lol:

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 08:30 PM

I mean, how many times have you been tempted to make the most common error announcement play "do-dO-DO, Captain B 0wns Verizon, please hang up and go hack a PBX, thank you" :lol:

" Sorry, the way you dialed your number shows you are a complete idiot, please hang up and try your call again thank you for letting verizon ass-rape you." *hangs up phone, pickes up phone and dials* "Sorry, time for you to go hang your self, fucking moron, thank you for dieing in the name of verizon :D ." :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ok, with that out of the way... Oh man! I so want to find one now man, hey decoder, you said youv'e found more, how many have you found?

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 09:30 PM

I have found about 5 of them, but you have to realize that I banged out around 5000 numbers in the past couple of months *(not counting 800's), so thats about 1 per 1000!! But then again, I just dialed a random number the other day and it was an expanded announcement system, so maybe I'm just lucky...

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 10:02 PM

Captain B, holy shit! I am impressed. I'm going crazy, and it usually takes alot to make me do that. I haven't even read what you wrote yet, because I'm trying to calm down. I found an Expanded Announcement System three years ago or something, and have never found any more information about it than an acronym definition. EAS. Although I searched through it just like you did. The recording is really good quality as well. I found some really bizarre messages on there too. It was amusing. The password was an obvious one... Did you get the same one? Also, have you found the EAS numbers in similar locations? Wow, I am indeed impressed. Great job.

-Brisk Attivo

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 10:20 PM

I have found about 5 of them, but you have to realize that I banged out around 5000 numbers in the past couple of months *(not counting 800's), so thats about 1 per 1000!! But then again, I just dialed a random number the other day and it was an expanded announcement system, so maybe I'm just lucky...

those 1000 an EAS figure you gave me, they were all in difrent are codes right (or COs)??? What thousands block (s) did you find it in. What is the default passcode (incase I find one).


...and luck, damn man, get your self a lottery ticket :huh: :D :lol: :D .

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Posted 06 September 2003 - 04:08 PM

two thumbs way up for this one. it was worth the wait B) :voteyes: :voteyes:

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Posted 06 September 2003 - 04:41 PM

no actully i started recording after i dialed npa-nxx-xxx1 then the passcode.

I don't know if Captain_b said anything about this or not but he found another one in his area :P

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Posted 07 September 2003 - 06:23 AM

Diga el hombre, que un infierno de un artículo pero yo espero que del capitán. Muchos puntales para todo de usted los motherfuckers inteligentes.

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Posted 07 September 2003 - 08:16 AM

Diga el hombre, que un infierno de un artículo pero yo espero que del capitán. Muchos puntales para todo de usted los motherfuckers inteligentes.

ahh, "motherfucker," the universal language.... no wait, thats pr0n :o

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Posted 07 September 2003 - 09:44 AM

Diga el hombre, que un infierno de un artículo pero yo espero que del capitán. Muchos puntales para todo de usted los motherfuckers inteligentes.

ahh, "motherfucker," the universal language.... no wait, thats pr0n :o

:lol: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha :lol:

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Posted 07 September 2003 - 12:36 PM

Diga el hombre, que un infierno de un artículo pero yo espero que del capitán. Muchos puntales para todo de usted los motherfuckers inteligentes.

HMmm...besides the "motherfucker" line, I think that you are not a native spanish speaker. Some slang mistranslations in there.

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Posted 07 September 2003 - 04:53 PM

Diga el hombre, que un infierno de un artículo pero yo espero que del capitán. Muchos puntales para todo de usted los motherfuckers inteligentes.

Smart we are indeed, however I only fuck others mothers, not my own :D

Props ic0n and CaptainB.. very well done.

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 12:28 PM

Heh, heh. I just KNEW this was going to truly be the mutha of all text files, just based on what it was about. It took quite a number of months for me to even resolve to do a text file on this, because I know how way too many n00bs can be. They don't don't understand the concept of paruse, but don't abuse. But, in all airness, I just KNOW the temptation for phux0ring around with this system is high... VERY high. And, I guess I don't blame anyone for wanting to screw with it. But, the more we abuse good shiz-nit like this system, the more we won't have good systems like this. It DEFINITELY was my pleasure doing this text, and finally getting the chance to do a joint project with the i-man (ic0n). And, I just know whatever text file I do next Isn't likely to match the sheer magnitude of this puppy. Anywayz, this latest file now begs the question... Who's da man? Hmm? Heh, heh. Sorry, I don't mean to be cocky about it. It's just that of all the files I've done so far, I absolutely LOVE this one the most! BTW, I have 3 of these EAS numbers. 2 are out of the same CO, and another is out of a totally different one. It's truly been total kewlness helping you pHr33k4z0iDz get your phreak on with this one. Phreak on, my homeys!

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 10:42 PM

Heh, heh. I just KNEW this was going to truly be the mutha of all text files, just based on what it was about. It took quite a number of months for me to even resolve to do a text file on this, because I know how way too many n00bs can be. They don't don't understand the concept of paruse, but don't abuse. But, in all airness, I just KNOW the temptation for phux0ring around with this system is high... VERY high. And, I guess I don't blame anyone for wanting to screw with it. But, the more we abuse good shiz-nit like this system, the more we won't have good systems like this. It DEFINITELY was my pleasure doing this text, and finally getting the chance to do a joint project with the i-man (ic0n). And, I just know whatever text file I do next Isn't likely to match the sheer magnitude of this puppy. Anywayz, this latest file now begs the question... Who's da man? Hmm? Heh, heh. Sorry, I don't mean to be cocky about it. It's just that of all the files I've done so far, I absolutely LOVE this one the most! BTW, I have 3 of these EAS numbers. 2 are out of the same CO, and another is out of a totally different one. It's truly been total kewlness helping you pHr33k4z0iDz get your phreak on with this one. Phreak on, my homeys!

could'nt of said it better myself captain.

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 11:23 PM

Friggin' sweet! Your best yet, B. Props to you and ic0n.

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Posted 10 September 2003 - 11:53 AM

Mucho gracias, mi amigo. It's nice to know that all the blood, sweat, and tears I put into my text files aren't for nothin'.

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Posted 10 September 2003 - 02:37 PM

blood???!!!??? :omfg:

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Posted 10 September 2003 - 02:59 PM

:o Man great work B and Icon.

Your other files were great but this one tops the cake.

I'm sure you'll pull another rabbit out of the hat and top this one ;) some day.




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