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Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:43:59 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Q.: Caller-ID fraud -- grounds for class actions? Message-ID: <email@example.com> What with all the misleading and fraudulently posted Caller-ID signs on the one hand (000-000-0000 or 800-421-0000 or your very own phone number, etc.), which of course results from the phone companies' unwillingness to ensure only valid information is transmitted as Caller-ID data, and the ILECs' and CLECs' insistence on charging extra ($5 to $10, or even more) for transmitting those very likely phony phone numbers to a subscriber, how long, I must wonder, before there's a class action law suit against the phone companies for recovery of fraudulently collected Caller-ID fees (along with penalty, perhaps)? The newest vish*, it seems, is malefactors' transmitting, as Caller-ID data, the names and matching central inbound phone numbers of major US banks: cf. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/04/19/fraudulent-calls-target-us-banks-another-look-at-caller-id-spoofing/ -or- http://goo.gl/paEMk or http://www.darkreading.com/smb-security/167901073/security/vulnerabilities/232700095/ -or- http://goo.gl/Qzz7D Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP. ***** Moderator's Note ***** * "Phishing" attacks done through the PSTN have been dubbed "Vishing". Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:03:47 +0000 (UTC) From: danny burstein <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Q.: Caller-ID fraud -- grounds for class actions? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In <email@example.com> tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> writes: [snip] >The newest vish*, it seems, is malefactors' transmitting, as Caller-ID data, >the names and matching central inbound phone numbers of major US banks: cf. >***** Moderator's Note ***** >* "Phishing" attacks done through the PSTN have been dubbed "Vishing". Just a minor technical correction to this. The "Caller ID" that's "sent forward" from the caller/central office/spoof contains only the number. The recipient's telco (whether traditional central office or "something else") takes that phone number, does a data base dip [a], gets the associated name info, and then passes both pieces the rest of the way. [a] and as we know all too well, even with legit phone numbers those databases have lots of issues. -- _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:58:33 +1000 From: "news" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Airline pilot distracted by new text messages botches landing attempt Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:14:02 -0400, Monty Solomon wrote: > > Airline pilot distracted by new text messages botches landing attempt > > APRIL 19, 2012 > BY MIKE FLACY > > While U.S. residents that fly commercially have to turn off their cell > phones prior to take-off, a airline pilot in Australia left his phone on > during a flight and found new text messages more interesting than landing > the plane. .......... If you were in a cockpit landing a jetliner you would probably want to turn off the distracting sound rather than be finding the actual messages "more interesting". -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:43:25 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: 'What Were You Thinking?' For Couples, New Source of Online Friction Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> 'What Were You Thinking?' For Couples, New Source of Online Friction By LAURA M. HOLSON April 25, 2012 The more than 43,000 Twitter followers of Rosanne Cash, the singer and daughter of Johnny Cash, have come to expect her tart commentary on married life with her husband, John Leventhal, a Grammy-winning musician. She chided him for performing at a concert in jeans he had worn three days in a row. Another day, she posted that he had cajoled her to help organize his "stuff." But Mr. Leventhal, known as Mr. L to Ms. Cash's followers, apparently is not a fan of her enthusiasm for sharing online. Ms. Cash said in an interview that another time she wrote about her husband taking a nap. When he showed up at the studio, the sound engineer was puzzled, since he had just read Ms. Cash's post online. "I thought you were taking a nap," the engineer said to him. "John called me and he was really annoyed," she recalled. "He said, 'Don't tell people I'm taking a nap!' " Relationships are hard enough. But the rise of social media - where sharing private moments is encouraged, and provocative and confessional postings can help build a following - has created a new source of friction for couples: what is fair game for sharing with the world? If one half of a couple is not interested in broadcasting the details of a botched dinner or romantic weekend, Facebook postings or tweets can create irritation, embarrassment, miscommunication and bruised egos. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/fashion/for-couples-new-source-of-online-friction.html
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:26:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The Flight From Conversation Message-ID: <email@example.com> The Flight From Conversation By SHERRY TURKLE April 21, 2012 WE live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we're on dates. My students tell me about an important new skill: it involves maintaining eye contact with someone while you text someone else; it's hard, but it can be done. Over the past 15 years, I've studied technologies of mobile connection and talked to hundreds of people of all ages and circumstances about their plugged-in lives. I've learned that the little devices most of us carry around are so powerful that they change not only what we do, but also who we are. We've become accustomed to a new way of being "alone together." Technology-enabled, we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be. We want to customize our lives. We want to move in and out of where we are because the thing we value most is control over where we focus our attention. We have gotten used to the idea of being in a tribe of one, loyal to our own party. Our colleagues want to go to that board meeting but pay attention only to what interests them. To some this seems like a good idea, but we can end up hiding from one another, even as we are constantly connected to one another. A businessman laments that he no longer has colleagues at work. He doesn't stop by to talk; he doesn't call. He says that he doesn't want to interrupt them. He says they're "too busy on their e-mail." But then he pauses and corrects himself. "I'm not telling the truth. I'm the one who doesn't want to be interrupted. I think I should. But I'd rather just do things on my BlackBerry." A 16-year-old boy who relies on texting for almost everything says almost wistfully, "Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I'd like to learn how to have a conversation." ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:19:13 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: 3.2m in Mass. have had data lost, stolen Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3.2m in Mass. have had data lost, stolen 4-year study shows consumers need more safeguards By Jenn Abelson Globe Staff / April 24, 2012 Nearly half of Massachusetts residents have had their personal information lost or stolen as a result of about 1,800 data breaches over the past four years, according to a new report from the state's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. ... http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2012/04/24/32m_in_mass_have_had_data_lost_stolen/ http://www.boston.com/business/graphics/data_security_breaches_in_mass/
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