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The Telecom Digest for August 08, 2011
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Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 17:39:37 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: AT&T increases voice mail security Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> AT&T increases voice mail security Password meant to deter hackers By Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff / August 6, 2011 AT&T Inc. is changing the default method by which cellular customers check their voice mail, after reports that the company's policies made messages more vulnerable to hackers than on other cellphone carriers. The giant telecommunications company said yesterday it will start requiring users to enter a password to access their voice mails from their own cellphones. Until now, AT&T users calling from their own phones would immediately get access to their voice mails without entering a password. ... http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2011/08/06/att_increases_voice_mail_security/
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 22:46:00 +0100 From: Graham <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: AT&T increases voice mail security Message-ID: <email@example.com> "Monty Solomon" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:email@example.com... > AT&T increases voice mail security > Password meant to deter hackers > > By Hiawatha Bray > Globe Staff / August 6, 2011 > > AT&T Inc. is changing the default method by which cellular customers > check their voice mail, after reports that the company's policies > made messages more vulnerable to hackers than on other cellphone > carriers. > > The giant telecommunications company said yesterday it will start > requiring users to enter a password to access their voice mails from > their own cellphones. Until now, AT&T users calling from their own > phones would immediately get access to their voice mails without > entering a password. > > ... > > http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2011/08/06/att_increases_voice_mail_security/ This is very interesting because it's the first time I have seen in print (as it were) that the News International voicemail intercepts were achieved by using the "handset's own CLI" exploit rather than guessing at the PIN. I have been saying on the UK telecom newsgroups since the story broke, that this is a likely scenario. None of the UK mobile networks have issued guidance to the general public about activating PIN protection for voicemail retrieval *from the actual handset*, and they certainly haven't imposed this as the default condition. -- Graham. %Profound_observation%
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 17:39:37 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Hospital reports a possible data loss Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Hospital reports a possible data loss Doctor misplaced drive that had held patient records By Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff / August 6, 2011 A doctor who works at Brigham and Women's and Faulkner hospitals lost an external hard drive in June, and the computer device may have contained medical information for 638 patients, the hospitals said yesterday. ... Information related to inpatient hospital stays from July 10, 2009, to Jan. 28, 2011, may have been on the device, including patient names, medical record numbers, dates of admission, medications, and information about diagnosis and treatment. The device did not contain Social Security numbers, insurance numbers, or other financial account information. ... http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/08/06/hospital_reports_a_possible_data_loss/
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