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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 05 Aug 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 217 : "text" format

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Stop the Hidden-Fee Rip-Off
FTC and states challenge ISP Frontier's speed claims
New bank-fraud malware called Vultur infects thousands of devices

Message-ID: <20210804013334.5FD1786C@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2021 01:33:34 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Stop the Hidden-Fee Rip-Off Opinion Guest Essay By Max Sarinsky (Mr. Sarinsky is a senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.) Want to catch a ballgame at Yankee Stadium? Tickets for Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners are being advertised by Ticketmaster, the league's preferred vendor, for as low as $15. But tickets cannot be purchased there for that price. After you select seats and reach the payment screen, Ticketmaster notifies you of a $4.20-per-ticket "service fee," plus a $3.30 "order processing fee." For a single ticket, the $15 advertised price is in fact $22.50 -- an increase of 50 percent. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/02/opinion/consumers-drip-pricing.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
Message-ID: <20210804200137.200847B1@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2021 20:01:37 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: FTC and states challenge ISP Frontier's speed claims By: Lesley Fair | May 20, 2021 Like the fighter pilots in the 80s action flick "Top Gun," consumers selecting among internet service providers "feel the need - the need for speed." In a just-filed lawsuit, the FTC and seven law enforcement partners allege that ISP Frontier Communications Corporation has made misleading representations that it would provide consumers with certain internet service speeds. The complaint also alleges that in many instances, Frontier has subscribed and charged people for faster and more expensive levels of service than the company actually provided - or was capable of providing - to those customers. https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2021/05/ftc-states-challenge-isp-frontiers-speed-claims
Message-ID: <D61A5A82-7534-4EB8-9E7E-9689C4B38E11@roscom.com> Date: 03 Aug 2021 15:26:19 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: New bank-fraud malware called Vultur infects thousands of devices Screen sharing courtesy of VNC mirrors device screens to attacker-controlled servers. Dan Goodin - 7/30/2021 Recently detected Android malware, some spread through the Google Play Store, uses a novel way to supercharge the harvesting of login credentials from more than 100 banking and cryptocurrency applications. The malware, which researchers from Amsterdam-based security firm ThreatFabric are calling Vultur, is among the first Android threats to record a device screen whenever one of the targeted apps is opened. Vultur uses a real implementation of the VNC screen-sharing application to mirror the screen of the infected device to an attacker-controlled server, researchers with ThreatFabric said. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/07/new-bank-fraud-malware-called-vultur-infects-thousands-of-devices/

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