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The Telecom Digest for Mon, 07 Mar 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 38 : "text" format

table of contents
CISA Encourages "Shields Up" to Protect Operations and Workers as Cyber War Ramps Up
CWA Endorsed Candidates Win in Texas
I've Dealt With Foreign Cyberattacks. America Isn't Ready for What's Coming.
Re: 3G Shutdown – a note of sanity from Texas

Message-ID: <20220304201513.6BFC7784@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2022 20:15:13 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: CISA Encourages "Shields Up" to Protect Operations and Workers as Cyber War Ramps Up Monday, February 28, 2022 The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) has urged a "Shields Up" defense in depth approach, as Russian use of wiper malware in the Ukrainian war escalates. The Russian malware "HermeticWiper" and "Whispergate" are destructive attacks that corrupt the infected computers' master boot record rendering the device inoperable. The wipers effectuate a denial of service attack designed to render the device's data permanently unavailable or destroyed. Although the malware to date appears to be manually targeted at selected Ukrainian systems, the risks now escalate of a spillover effect to Europe and the United States particularly as to: (i) targeted cyber attacks including on critical infrastructure and financial organizations; and (ii) use of a rapidly spreading indiscriminate wiper like the devastating "NotPetya" that quickly moves across trusted networks. Indeed, Talos researchers have found functional similarities between the current malware and "NotPetya" which was attributed to the Russian military to target Ukranian organizations in 2017, but then quickly spread around the world reportedly resulting in over $10 billion dollars in damage. The researchers added that the current wiper has included even further components designed to inflict damage. https://tinyurl.com/5n7y9dkf -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220304205440.73469784@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2022 20:54:40 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: CWA Endorsed Candidates Win in Texas CWA members and allies in Texas have been mobilizing to build support and turn out the vote for CWA-endorsed pro-worker candidates for the Texas primary elections, which were held on Tuesday. In a large, sweeping victory, pro-worker Austin city council member Greg Casar won his race for Congressional District 35. Casar has raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour and authored the paid sick day law in Austin. He will continue to be a champion for workers' rights in Washington. CWA-endorsed candidate Jessica Cisneros forced Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) into a run-off election in Congressional District 28 that is scheduled for May 24. CWA members are leading the push to hold Cuellar, a long-time, anti-worker Congressman who was the only Democrat to vote against the PRO Act, accountable. Cisneros is a proven workers' rights champion, and CWAers in Texas will continue to support her until she successfully defeats Cuellar. CWA-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke won the Democratic nomination for Governor. The weekend prior to the election, CWA, SEIU, and Workers United joined together to host a phone bank for O'Rourke at CWA Local 6222 in Houston. Over 60 people participated in the phone bank including O'Rourke himself, who spoke to the workers about the importance of having the backing of the labor movement and how working Texans are a priority for his campaign and the future of Texas. https://cwa-union.org/news/e-newsletter/2022-03-03#:~:text=CWA%20members%20and%20allies%20in,race%20for%20Congressional%20District%2035. -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220304150902.E3C88784@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2022 15:09:02 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: I've Dealt With Foreign Cyberattacks. America Isn't Ready for What's Coming. By Glenn S. Gerstell As Russian missiles rain on Ukraine, there's another battle brewing -- in the cybersphere. Destructive malware has flooded hundreds of Ukrainian websites and computers since Vladimir Putin announced his invasion. It would be a mistake to assume such attacks will remain limited to Ukrainian targets. Last week President Biden warned Mr. Putin against Russian cyberattacks on United States critical infrastructure. But American businesses aren't ready for a war in cyberspace. Although Mr. Biden designated the Department of Homeland Security to lead what he vowed would be a forceful response to any such aggression, this isn't enough. The D.H.S. doesn't have the legal authority to order the private sector to follow its lead. More broadly, the federal government, even if warned by companies like Microsoft of incoming cyberattacks, doesn't have the necessary infrastructure in place to protect American businesses from many of these attacks. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/04/opinion/ive-dealt-with-foreign-cyberattacks-america-isnt-ready-for-whats-coming.html -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <svuaet$5a0$1@dont-email.me> Date: 4 Mar 2022 19:21:55 -0500 From: "Michael Trew" <michael.trew@att.net> Subject: Re: 3G Shutdown 2022 - a note of sanity from Texas On 2/26/2022 13:48, Garrett Wollman wrote: > In article<20220223063739.566b1fc6.mo01@posteo.de>, > Marco Moock<mo01@posteo.de> wrote: >> Am Sonntag, 20. Februar 2022, um 14:29:22 Uhr schrieb Bill Horne: >> >>> Here's a site at the Texas Technology Access Program, which gives a >>> more clear explanaiton of 3G's multiple sunset dates. The site >>> includes multiple pointers to resources and information, including >>> possible work-arounds for those with 3G devices that have WiFi or >>> other "bypass" capability. >> >> Do they still operate 2G in the US? > > No... > > What is happening now is that the legacy GSM and cdma2000 networks are > being turned down so that spectrum can be converted to LTE use. All > of the mobile networks decided to build LTE as their 4G product, but > they had to acquire new spectrum for this. The number (and revenue) > of 3G-only customers is now small enough that the carriers have > decided that it's cheaper to drop those legacy customers than it is to > acquire additional spectrum to expand their LTE networks. > > -GAWollman The 3G spectrum that GSM carriers are turning down is useful for LTE, but 2G GSM service operates on the fringe frequencies of 4G LTE, and would provide almost no additional bandwidth. T-Mobile plans to keep their 2G network active for some time to support some legacy MTM and IoT devices/customers. https://www.t-mobile.com/support/coverage/t-mobile-network-evolution Excerpt from the above T-Mobile support page: "We've also shared that we plan to retire T-Mobile's older GSM 2G network as well, but no date has been set. We will update this page with any additional information in the future." The T-Mobile 2G shut off date is now "to be determined"... it was formerly December 2022.

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