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The Telecom Digest for March 17, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 68 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:
U.S. military blocks websites to help Japan recovery efforts(John Mayson)
Security Advisory for Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Acrobat(Monty Solomon)
Re: Buying prepaid SIM cards in advance(John Meissen)
Re: Annoyance Calls(Jim Haynes)

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Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 07:47:42 -0500
From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us>
To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org.
Subject: U.S. military blocks websites to help Japan recovery efforts 
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=a-16vBSBCVB=KheLP=4mOG8pwo-9PbAPXLz9-@mail.gmail.com>

Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. military has blocked access to a range of
popular commercial websites in order to free up bandwidth for use in
Japan recovery efforts, according to an e-mail obtained by CNN and
confirmed by a spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command.

The sites -- including YouTube, ESPN, Amazon, eBay and MTV -- were
chosen not because of the content but because their popularity among
users of military computers account for significant bandwidth,
according to Strategic Command spokesman Rodney Ellison.


Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 08:41:59 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Security Advisory for Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Acrobat Message-ID: <p062408c1c9a66cedb09e@[]>
http://www.us-cert.gov/current/#adobe_releases_security_advisory_for6 Adobe Releases Security Advisory for Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat added March 15, 2011 at 10:29 am Adobe has released a security advisory to alert users of a vulnerability affecting the following products: * Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris * Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Google Chrome users * Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Android * The Authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0.1) and earlier 10.x and 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition. At this time, the vendor has not released a fix for this vulnerability. The Adobe advisory indicates that this vulnerability is being actively exploited via a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel (.xls) file delivered as an email attachment. Adobe has indicated that it expects to release a fix for this vulnerability during the week of March 21, 2011. In the interim, users and administrators are encouraged to implement the following workarounds to help reduce the risks. * Disable Flash in the web browser as described in the Securing Your Web Browser document. * Disable Flash and 3D & Multimedia support in Adobe Reader 9 and later. * Disable JavaScript in Adobe Reader and Acrobat. * Prevent Internet Explorer from automatically opening PDF documents. * Disable the displaying of PDF documents in the web browser. * Enable DEP in Microsoft Windows. * Utilize Microsoft EMET to enable runtime mitgations for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Excel. Additional information regarding this vulnerability, including detailed workaround instructions, can be found in US-CERT Vulnerability Note VU#192052. US-CERT will provide additional information as it becomes available. US-CERT Vulnerability Note VU#192052 http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/192052 Security Advisory for Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Acrobat http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa11-01.html
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:54:36 -0700 From: "John Meissen" <john@meissen.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Buying prepaid SIM cards in advance Message-ID: <20110316055436.C528217F563@john> My daughter recently spent 2 months in Italy for school. I wanted her to be able to use my old GSM cellphone, and researched it extensively. I found Cellular Abroad had the best arrangement for US travelers, and I had the phone ready for her before she left. I don't know about broadband access, though. They have plans for most foreign countries. I recommend checking their website to see if they will suit your needs.
http://www.cellularabroad.com/germanySIMcard.php Call them, they're easy to reach and very responsive to questions. John Mayson <john@mayson.us> said: > > My son is visiting Germany for about 10 days during in summer 2012. > He has a unlocked GSM phone. I would like to get him a German SIM > card with enough credit on it for him to have broadband access and to > be able to make calls and SMS while over there. The fly in the > ointment is I don't know if he'll have time to set that up given he'll > be on school trip with limited free time. > > Is it possible for buy one ahead of time allowing me to set it up for > him? I have searched online but all I seem to find are absolute > ripoff plans. He'd be better off with global roaming from AT&T. > > John > > -- > John Mayson <john@mayson.us> > Austin, Texas, USA > >
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:18:18 -0500 From: Jim Haynes <jhaynes@cavern.uark.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Annoyance Calls Message-ID: <R--dnSPgtuNXfx3QnZ2dnUVZ_t2dnZ2d@earthlink.com> Somehow the word has got out that I am diabetic. I'm not, nor is there anyone living here who is. But I keep getting phone calls from various companies that I assume are offering diabetic supplies.

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