The so-called Egypt Bug is in most computers’ contact or address books, such as Microsoft’s Outlook, according to today’s London Evening Standard.
It said that when the caller enters a new contact’s number the software will automatically turn it into a standard format that it recognises.
Some software systems will look at a new central London number, such as 020 7123 4567, and decide that it should be +20 (7123) 4567 – a number in Egypt, whose country code is 20.
Computers prefer the plus symbol to the double zero for indicating an international call.
‘Any business which uses computers hooked up to modems to dial phone numbers (such as many call centres and financial services groups) will find that they are regularly put through to the land of the pharaoh,’ the paper said.
New growth opportunities in Aberdeen, North East Scotland, are being invested in by Grant Thornton
If businesses do not take cyber security seriously in their business planning regulators may do it for them, the ICAEW has warned
The Financial Reporting Council has issued guidance regarding the annual reporting of 1,200 large and smaller listed companies. The letter highlighted the key issues and improvements that can be made in the 2016 reporting season
Deloitte's north-west Europe foray; BDO, Smith & Williamson investment paths; Shelley Stock Hutter; and Wilkins Kennedy discussed by editor Kevin Reed on our Friday Afternoon Live broadcast