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The Telecom Digest for May 15, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 132 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:
 Re: Caller ID Spoofing Puts Innocent Man In Jail                      (Sam Spade)
 WV-PSC Okays Sale of BOC VeriZon/Atlantic/C&P-of-WV to Frontier  (Mark J. Cuccia)
 Re: Phone number helped track terror suspect                      (David Clayton)
 Re: Phone Number Tracking Terrorists                                    (Randall)
 Re: New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection                           (T)

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Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 18:13:12 -0700 From: Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Caller ID Spoofing Puts Innocent Man In Jail Message-ID: <zfydnWAga600PnHWnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@giganews.com> Steven wrote: >>Me: >> If I were the victim I would be speaking with an attorney about the >> police's haste, and lack of understanding of how lousy Caller ID info >> can be. Seems like they should have first put a trap on the women's >> line, then looked at ANI before they went gestapo. >> You: > The same could be said in the way that The Internet was set up, had some > changes had been made as the net aged we would not have the spam > problems we have now, or at least we would really know who the spammer was. > I'm not sure I agree because the PSTN is basically a closed system unlike the Internet. Plus, if someone Spams someone else, the hapless, innocent chef doesn't end up close to being shot and then spending 5 days in the slammer.
Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 23:37:53 -0700 (PDT) From: "Mark J. Cuccia" <markjcuccia@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: WV-PSC Okays Sale of BOC VeriZon/Atlantic/C&P-of-WV to Frontier Message-ID: <683232.72624.qm@web31105.mail.mud.yahoo.com> On Thursday NIGHT, the WV-PSC approved VeriZon's sale of legacy BOC Bell Atlantic (Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone) to Frontier. This is the last of all of the 9 such states which were required to approve of any sale of VZ to Frontier for their own states, in the 14 states of the overall transaction. All of the other states involve legacy GTE and Contel of VeriZon, while West Virginia is legacy BOC (C&P Tel) of VeriZon. Today, Thursday 13-May-2010, is the anniversary of VeriZon and Frontier announcing the intended sale, back on Wednesday 13-May-2009. There are numerous news/media/press/etc. reports on this, especially from radio/TV/newspaper/etc. websites, which can all be found from doing Google "News" searches. The West Virginia Public Service Commission's "Order", dated Thursday 13-May-2010, can be downloaded as a pdf file (over 6-megs), from the webpage for this VZ/Frontier filing with the WV-PSC on this matter: http://www.psc.state.wv.us/scripts/WebDocket/tblCaseActivitiesList.cfm?CaseID=36696 The FCC still needs to approve the entire deal, the sale of VeriZon's legacy GTE (and Contel) exchange areas in most of the states where they still have retained such legacy GTE (and Contel), as well as the sale of VZ' legacy BOC Bell-Atlantic/C&P-Tel-of-WV, all to Frontier. The FCC's webpage with downloadable documents for this matter is: http://www.fcc.gov/transaction/frontier-verizon.html Additionally, the ratecenter of Crows-Hematite VA, a very small rural and rather isolated settlement with a low population, gets its dial-tone from the VZ/BA/C&P-WV ratecenter/c.o.switch of White Sulphur Springs WV, which is to be sold to Frontier. ALL are associated with the Charleston WV LATA. While Crows-Hematite VA is close the VZ/BA/C&P-VA Roanoke VA LATA, and has inter-LATA EAS with nTelos'/Clifton-Forge-Wayne's ILEC's ratecenters of Clifton Forge VA, Covington VA, and Potts Creek VA, there are NO other nearby VeriZon/Bell-Atlantic/C&P-VA exchanges/switches nearby to "rewire" the Crows-Hematite VA customers over to -- and it could also require a LATA-change as well, if it were to happen. (nTelos/CF-W ILEC also serves Waynesboro VA, but that too is a bit of a distance away from Clifton Forge/Covington/Potts Creek VA). ALL of the Roanoke VA LATA ratecenters surrounding Crows-Hematite for something like 40-50 miles (within VA) are all "independent", NOT VZ/BA/C&P-VA! Frontier has applied to the Virginia State Corporation Commission to be an ILEC within the state of Virginia (they have no other presence as an ILEC in Virginia), specifically to be the new ILEC for Crows-Hematite VA, taken over from VeriZon (C&P-Va). The VA-SCC has a docket on file, and documents can be downloaded from: http://docket.scc.virginia.gov/vaprod/DOCUMENTS.ASP?MATTER_NO=127929 The VA-SCC still has to approve of this sale. VeriZon is in the process of re-aligning certain central-office dial-tone provision in a handful of communities along the MD/VA state-line, in the western part of WV's eastern panhandle/ western part of MD's western panhandle. This (both the small part of eastern WV, and western MD) is all a part of the Haggerstown MD LATA. Some Maryland ratecenters/customers of VZ/BA/C&P-MD have been getting their dial-tone from VZ/BA/C&P-WV c.o.switches in West Virginia for decades. Vice-versa, some West Virginia ratecenters/customers of VZ/BA/C&P-WV have been getting their dial-tone from VZ/BA/C&P-MD c.o.switches in Maryland for decades. VeriZon (C&P) is re-aligning these customers/ratecenters so that they will soon receive their dial-tone from nearby VZ (C&P) c.o.switches in their own state. EXISTING legacy local/EAS (intra-LATA) calling (both intra-state and inter-state) that has existed for decades WILL CONTINUE, only now if it is inter-state, it will also be inter-company (between VeriZon/C&P-MD and Frontier in West Virginia). VeriZon is retaining legacy GTE (and Contel) in Pennsylvania and Virginia which are both Bell-Atlantic BOC states of VeriZon -- Bell-of-PA and C&P-of-Va. North Carolina is one of the states where VeriZon is selling off old GTE (including Contel), over to Frontier. However, the somewhat isolated ratecenter of Knotts Island NC (once-Contel-later-GTE) is being retained by VeriZon. Knotts Island NC is either a barrier island or a peninsula that extends south from the eastern coast of Virginia. There is a remote switch at Knotts Island (it does not get its dial-tone from Virginia, though), but the only access by land to Knotts Island NC is through Virginia. There is a ferry boat connecting Knotts Island NC with the mainland of eastern NC though, and the mainland part of NC in the area is Carolina-Tel-and-Tel/United/Sprint/Embarq-now-part-of-CenturyLink and the United/CenturyLink "Rocky Mount NC" LATA. Knotts Island NC is rather a part of the VZ/BA/C&P Norfolk VA LATA, and maintains a community of interest with southeastern Virginia, which has traditionally been both BOC C&P-VA and Contel, all now part of VeriZon. Note that there is also some inter-LATA intra-state EAS/local between Knotts Island NC and the CenturyLink (old United/Carolina-Tel) on the northeastern NC mainland. VeriZon is retaining the legacy GTE (and Contel) that it has still retained in California, although they are selling a handful of exchanges that border Oregon (old GTE/West Coast, which is more associated with GTE and its predecessors for OR/WA/ID), and also border Nevada (old Contel, not too far from Reno/etc), and also border Arizona (old Contel), over to Frontier, which also has a presence in Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona. Back in the 1990s, Frontier's predecessor, Citizens Tel, bought some old GTE and Contel in California that GTE chose not to retain. VeriZon is retaining the legacy GTE/Contel in Texas that they did NOT sell to Valor back in 2000 shortly after BA/NYNEX bought GTE/Contel to become Frontier. (Valor was a brand new ILEC created circa 2000 or so, mostly to buy legacy GTE/Contel in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and SOME exchanges in Texas including both the TX and AR sides of Texarkana; other GTE/Contel areas in Arkansas were sold by VZ to CenturyTel. In 2006, Valor merged with the landline side that Alltel spun-off when Alltel was to be wireless-only, to form the new Windstream; Alltel Wireless is mostly now being merged into VeriZon-Wireless). And VeriZon is retaining legacy GTE in Florida, all in the Tampa Bay/etc. metro area, which is all its own LATA, and has been General Telephone for over 50 years now. I might have mentioned in previous postings that Florida had old GTE (the Tampa Bay/etc. area) but that it never had any old Contel. It turns out that is not true... in the old 904 area code of 1965 thru 1997, the Florida panhandle and north-eastern Florida, Contel had five separate small contiguous patches of service area. By the early 1980s or so, most of it was sold to Centel (later merged into United to become Sprint then spun-off-to-become-Embarq, now purchased by CenturyTel to become a part of CenturyLink), and one exchange in the far western part of the panhandle was sold to what has since become part of Frontier. Contel was once present in 42 different states, all at the same time! One of these states was Alaska (along with GTE, PTI) as well. The only states where Contel never had any service were Mississippi, Hawaii (which of course was 100% GTE-HTC), Massachusetts/ Rhode Island/ Connecticut, and Maryland/ Delaware, and of course nothing in the (NOT a state) of DC which like MA, RI, CT, MD, DE, is 99% or even 100% a BOC state. And Contel was never present in Ohio, although there was (and still is) a Continental Telephone Company in Ohio, however, this is NOT the same "Contel". The Continental OHIO Telephone Company is a local home-grown telco in the TOWN named "Continental OH"! And Contel once had a presence in parts of Canada and the Caribbean as well! GTE's one-time operations outside of the mainland US included parts of Canada (MOST of British Columbia, much of eastern Quebec), Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and even a small interest in Venezuela's CANTV), and in addition to Hawaiian Tel, General also owned Micronesian Telecom in the Mariana Islands (Saipan/etc) but NOT to be confused with the Federated States of Micronesia... and until 1967 also PLDT Philippine Long Distance Telephone (ILEC and LD), when friends of the Marcos family took over GT&E's interests in PLDT. Mark J. Cuccia markjcuccia at yahoo dot com Lafayette LA, formerly of New Orleans LA, pre-Katrina
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 16:11:14 +1000 From: David Clayton <dcstar@myrealbox.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Phone number helped track terror suspect Message-ID: <pan.2010.> On Thu, 13 May 2010 12:37:32 +0000, danny burstein wrote: ......... > And the very first episode of "The Lone Gunmen" [a], a spinoff from "The X > Files" following the exploits of the three somewhat strange... > technogeeks, had the plot device of a jetliner about to crash into the > WTC. Oh, and this aired in March, 2001. > > No one ever claimed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed ever watched it... Since that show didn't last very long, I'd say the ratings proved very few people ever watched it on the air..... and the DVDs would have come out well after September 2001. It is amazing how some people seem to believe that they are the only ones capable of coming up with a particular idea, innit? -- 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: Fri, 14 May 2010 07:19:02 -0400 From: Randall <rvh40@remove-this.insigthbb.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Phone Number Tracking Terrorists Message-ID: <B7417C50-6426-4D4B-98A3-70EF883742DC@remove-this.insigthbb.com> On May 14, 2010, at 3:20 AM, telecom-owner@telecom-digest.org wrote: > From: "Gray, Charles" <charles.gray@okstate.edu> > To: redacted@invalid.telecom-digest.org. > Subject: Phone Number Tracking Terrorists > Message-ID: > <18AC66D00A844644BF202001BCE0FE26039C32B20C@STWEXE3.ad.okstate.edu> > ... > I still believe that in war, there are just some things that "the > public" doesn't need to know. There is still wisdom in the WW II > security poster that said "Loose lips sink ships". And that reveals the genius behind declaring war on a tactic such as "Terrorism" - that war will NEVER end! (See "Drugs, War on ..." for details)
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 11:44:26 -0400 From: T <kd1s.nospam@cox.nospam.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection Message-ID: <MPG.265739e7e885fde8989cdf@news.eternal-september.org> In article <p062408aec80d2bc36398@[]>, monty@roscom.com says... > > New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection > Bait, switch, exploit! > > By Dan Goodin in San Francisco > > Posted in Security, 7th May 2010 18:17 GMT > > Researchers say they've devised a way to bypass protections built in > to dozens of the most popular desktop anti-virus products, including > those offered by McAfee, Trend Micro, AVG, and BitDefender. > > The method, developed by software security researchers at > matousec.com (http://www.matousec.com/), works by exploiting the > driver hooks the anti-virus programs bury deep inside the Windows > operating system. In essence, it works by sending them a sample of > benign code that passes their security checks and then, before it's > executed, swaps it out with a malicious payload. > > The exploit has to be timed just right so the benign code isn't > switched too soon or too late. But for systems running on multicore > processors, matousec's "argument-switch" attack is fairly reliable > because one thread is often unable to keep track of other > simultaneously running threads. As a result, the vast majority of > malware protection offered for Windows PCs can be tricked into > allowing malicious code that under normal conditions would be blocked. > > ... > > http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/07/argument_switch_av_bypass/ So does this mean the older single core machines will be all the rage again?
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