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The Telecom Digest for June 10, 2011
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Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 16:59:51 -0700 (PDT) From: Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Plumbers and other artisans Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Tue, 07 Jun 2011 19:06:38 -0400, John Mayson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > ... in 1995 BellSouth installed phone service > to my house. The static was horrendous. They came out, claimed to > have fixed it, but didn't. Finally I went out, fixed it myself, and > then called them offering to let their techs know how to fix a > static-filled line. I did not know that Bell South ever served or tried to serve Austin. It was Southwestern Bell since, I believe, 1917. Wes Leatherock email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 21:51:52 -0700 From: John David Galt <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Plumbers and other artisans Message-ID: <email@example.com> > On Tue, 07 Jun 2011 19:06:38 -0400, John Mayson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >> ... in 1995 BellSouth installed phone service >> to my house. The static was horrendous. They came out, claimed to >> have fixed it, but didn't. Finally I went out, fixed it myself, and >> then called them offering to let their techs know how to fix a >> static-filled line. On 2011-06-08 11:37, tlvp wrote: > You mean you actually spliced in a replacement for the part of the line > that the squirrels had chewed half-way through? That's what makes for > static on my line, anyway, roughly once every 3-5 years. And I thought I was the only one! Why wouldn't the telco agree to my offer to provide an armored cable as a replacement, anyway?
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2011 01:10:48 -0700 From: Sam Spade <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The Old Days Message-ID: <PbWdneILN7WVHW3QnZ2dnUVZ_gidnZ2d@giganews.com> A bit of phone humor: http://tinyurl.com/3jcckyr
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 07:04:03 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Police: Mac technician installed spyware to photograph women Message-ID: <email@example.com> Police: Mac technician installed spyware to photograph women By Robert McMillan June 8, 2011 09:02 PM ET IDG News Service - He was hired to fix their computers, but police say that Trevor Harwell instead installed spyware software that took candid photos of his clients in various states of undress. Harwell had been a Macintosh specialist with a Los Angeles-area home computer repair company called Rezitech. That's how he allegedly had the opportunity to install the spy software, called Camcapture, on computers. While working on repair assignments, the 20-year-old technician secretly set up a complex system that could notify him whenever it was ready to snap a shot using the computer's webcam, according to Sergeant Andrew Goodrich, a spokesman with the Fullerton Police Department in California. "It would let his server know that the victim's machine was on. The server would then notify his smartphone... and then the images were recorded on his home computer," he said. ... http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217461/Police_Mac_technician_installed_spyware_to_photograph_women Computer repairman accused of taking nude pictures of women remotely June 8, 2011 A computer repairman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly planting spyware on dozens of computers he fixed and remotely taking hundreds of photos of women in their homes partially clothed or naked. ... http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/06/computer-repairman-arrested-for-allegedly-taking-hundreds-of-nude-pictures-of-women-remotely.html
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 07:17:02 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Spyware, the FBI, and The Failure of ISPs Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Spyware, the FBI, and The Failure of ISPs Why can't ISPs routinely look at network activity and use deep-packet sniffing to find infected machines and tell the customer in the first place? John C. Dvorak June 1, 2011 Operation Adeona, it was called. It involved the FBI. Spyware. Intrigue. Controversy. The FBI took it upon itself to attack one of the miserable botnets that plagues the Internet to figure out how to intercept its "calling home function." And essentially it ended up giving it new and less destructive instructions. Let me try to explain. Botnets generally consist of thousands of infected computers that have some specific piece of malware installed. Your computer at home may be one of them. The malicious code is usually in the form of a Trojan Horse that was planted by a Web site or some code you mistakenly clicked on. Once installed on your computer it doesn't really do much until called into action. The idea nowadays is to inhabit your machine for nefarious purposes including mailing spam from your account, pinging a target computer to harass someone, or even to do odd sorts of market research. Most of the time these infected machines do their dirty work after hours and seldom during the day when an observant owner might spot the dubious activity. It is a public nuisance. I cannot emphasize enough how people should run some good scanners to ferret out these programs. Millions of machines are infected. Anyway, so the FBI decided to counterattack one of the major botnets called Coreflood, which is used to loot bank accounts. The FBI was to replace the servers communicating with infected Coreflood machines with its own servers, and also to disable the Coreflood malware on the infected machines. This process seems to have gone well and the botnet was mostly silenced and had no way of getting any more nefarious instructions, rendering it useless. The problem is that the code is still on the machines. Now it gets dicey. ... http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385959,00.asp
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 18:39:51 -0400 From: Some Guy <Some@Guy.com> To: email@example.com. Subject: New telephone area-code 431 in Winnipeg area? Message-ID: <4DEFFA37.67ECCF9E@Guy.com> Strange. We got a blank voicemail on our Google Voice phone-line today: New voicemail from (431) 536-63xx at 8:49 AM When I search for info about that area code, I get this: +--------------------------------------------------------------+ http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Area-code-431-being-added-in-2012-99469374.html The CRTC also confirmed that a new area code, 431, will be introduced as of Nov. 3, 2012. +--------------------------------------------------------------+ So, is the 431 area-code active now (contrary to the above article) ?
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