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The Telecom Digest for February 17, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 42 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:

Lost iPhone? Lost Passwords!(Monty Solomon)
Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack(Monty Solomon)
Apple's Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy? (Monty Solomon)
Re: Cell phone texting spam--article(tlvp)
Re: A Cordless Phone That Plays Nice With Wireless Phones (Barry Margolin)
Metro hangs up on pay phones(David Lesher)

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Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2011 01:19:53 -0500
From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com>
To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org.
Subject: Lost iPhone? Lost Passwords! 
Message-ID: <p062408d2c97d27ffb5cc@[]>

Lost iPhone? Lost Passwords!

Practical Consideration of iOS
Device Encryption Security

Jens Heider, Matthias Boll
Fraunhofer Institute for
Secure Information Technology (SIT)
February 9, 2011


The paper highlights risks that accompany losing a locked iOS device
regarding conŽdentiality of passwords stored in the keychain. It
presents results of hands- on tests that show the possibility for
attackers to reveal some of the keychain entries. For the described
approach, the knowledge of the user's secret pass- code is not
needed, as the protection provided by the passcode is bypassed.


Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:09:32 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack Message-ID: <p0624080fc9817ce5e311@[]> Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack By Peter Bright It has been an embarrassing week for security firm HBGary and its HBGary Federal offshoot. HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr thought he had unmasked the hacker hordes of Anonymous and was preparing to name and shame those responsible for co-ordinating the group's actions, including the denial-of-service attacks that hit MasterCard, Visa, and other perceived enemies of WikiLeaks late last year. When Barr told one of those he believed to be an Anonymous ringleader about his forthcoming exposé, the Anonymous response was swift and humiliating. HBGary's servers were broken into, its e-mails pillaged and published to the world, its data destroyed, and its website defaced. As an added bonus, a second site owned and operated by Greg Hoglund, owner of HBGary, was taken offline and the user registration database published. Over the last week, I've talked to some of those who participated in the HBGary hack to learn in detail how they penetrated HBGary's defenses and gave the company such a stunning black eye-and what the HBGary example means for the rest of us mere mortals who use the Internet. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/anonymous-speaks-the-inside-story-of-the-hbgary-hack.ars/
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:14:25 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Apple's Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy? Message-ID: <p06240810c9817db0127f@[]> Apple's Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy? MG Siegler We all knew it was coming, but the details of the App Store subscription model, which Apple outlined today, are fascinating on a number of levels. Simply put: this is one of the boldest bets Apple has ever made. And it could backfire. Or it could be huge beyond belief. Either way, it's going to be very controversial. We've already gone over the basics, but as a quick recap: any service offering an app with any sort of subscription component must now offer it within the app using the new in-app subscription options. Those companies are welcome to offer subscriptions outside of the app as well, but they must also have the option to do it in-app and it must be for the same price (or cheaper) than the out-of-app option. If a subscriber signs up in-app, Apple keeps 30 percent of those revenues. If they sign up outside of the app (still granting them accesses to the app), the company keeps 100 percent of the revenues. ... http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/15/apple-in-app-subscriptions/
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:28:01 -0500 From: tlvp <tPlOvUpBErLeLsEs@hotmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Cell phone texting spam--article Message-ID: <op.vqzaozojitl47o@acer250.gateway.2wire.net> On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 01:42:09 -0500, Lisa or Jeff <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> wrote: > This is an issue that bugs me--spam sent to cell phone as text > messages that the recipient must pay for, and the lack of > responsiveness from the cell phone carriers. ... > ... > Can't the cell phone carriers use ANI to trace back to the offending ... Some SMS arrive at a cell phone after going through an email-to-SMS gateway. For example, any internet email client can send email to 2123334444@tmomail.net (to illustrate with a made-up T-Mobile email addie), and if 212-333-4444 is the cellular number of a T-Mobile subscriber, the first (roughly) 150 characters of that email are sent to that subscriber's handset as an SMS. I've had spam like that -- even the "Sender:" data was spoofed, appearing to be a Verizon cellular customer -- but the actual message was relayed to T-Mobile's SMS gateway by a server in the .ru TLD :-) . Moral: there ain't necessarily no ANI to use for tracing back the offending ... . > source? If the caller spoofed their callback number (as I suspect > they do), couldn't they be prosecuted for that? And if ANI were present, but spoofed, whom would you prosecute, exactly? Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:58:43 -0500 From: Barry Margolin <barmar@alum.mit.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: A Cordless Phone That Plays Nice With Wireless Phones Message-ID: <barmar-77C6AD.23584315022011@62-183-169-81.bb.dnainternet.fi> In article <p062408f9c97fb09588bb@[]>, Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> wrote: > A Cordless Phone That Plays Nice With Wireless Phones > > By SAM GROBART > FEBRUARY 8, 2011 > > You can go without a land line and just use your smartphone. People > do it all the time. > > It didn't work for me. I tried - really - but the my house and AT&T's > wireless signal were like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton: a > paroxysm of affection, only to then pull away in bitterness, > ultimately separating for good. > > So it came time to return to the world of the land line. And while I > was out gallivanting with my smartphone, some interesting > developments were happening in old-style telephony, it turns out. > > The most intriguing of which is Panasonic's Link-to-Cell feature, > found on some of its cordless handsets. Link-to-Cell allows your > cordless phone to answer calls placed to your mobile phone. If > someone dials your mobile when you are at home, all the handsets in > the house will ring and you can answer the call from any of them. The > feature uses Bluetooth to establish a wireless connection between up > to two mobiles and however many compatible cordless handsets you have. But if you're in a wireless dead zone, as mentioned in the second paragraph, this won't work. What's needed for that is to forward your wireless phone number to your land number. But that's not how this system seems to work -- the article says it's using Bluetooth to forward the signal from the wireless handset to the cordless base station. -- Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me *** *** PLEASE don't copy me on replies, I'll read them in the group ***
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 05:41:59 +0000 (UTC) From: David Lesher <wb8foz@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Metro hangs up on pay phones Message-ID: <ijfo37$fjo$1@reader1.panix.com> The 10 year contract between WMATA ("Metro") and Verizon [Let's see, what WAS it named when they signed it?] expires in March; and look like Verizontal will not renew. Metro stations have been one of the last places in the DC area to actually find a pay phone, as every station entrance has them inside and outside the faregates. For some unspecified period, WMATA will pay for one TTY equipped phone at each entrance. http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4798 -- A host is a host from coast to coast.................wb8foz@nrk.com & no one will talk to a host that's close........[v].(301) 56-LINUX Unless the host (that isn't close).........................pob 1433 is busy, hung or dead....................................20915-1433
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