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The Telecom Digest for May 24, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 125 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: From Comcast, TV as data center (tlvp)
Re: From Comcast, TV as data center (David Clayton)
Microwave Journal Article about the "Fall" of Nortel (John Stahl)
Re: We Learn About The Telephone (HAncock4)
Web billing biz ransacked, smashed offline by hacktivists (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 23:46:43 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: From Comcast, TV as data center Message-ID: <144jsmhx41ykb$.10tmkfmwa5cd0$.dlg@40tude.net> On Tue, 22 May 2012 14:27:45 -0400, Monty Solomon wrote: > ... Boston would be the first US city to see full-scale > deployment of X1, a new TV viewing system that ... Now I get Comcast's "Xfinity" rebranding campaign -- they want to outdo George Gamow's "1, 2, 3, Infinity" and just do "from X1 to Xfinity" :-) . Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 13:56:52 +1000 From: David Clayton <dc33box-usenetcdt@yahoo.com.au> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: From Comcast, TV as data center Message-ID: <pan.2012.> .......... > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > This is a case of swatting a fly with a sledgehammer, or of making a > memorial to Rube Goldberg, I'm not sure which. Using a phone to control a > set-top box that controls a TV set is, IMNSHO, an extreme example of a > solution in search of a problem. > > Bill Horne > Moderator I can see a near future where criminals will make big money "kidnapping" (physically or electronically) people's devices and only returning them after a small ransom is paid. The more people become dependant on one item, the more vulnerabilities open up in all sorts of areas. -- 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. ***** Moderator's Note ***** Neal Stephenson's latest novel, called "REAMDE", is based on exactly that premise. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 08:43:10 -0400 From: John Stahl <aljon@stny.rr.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Microwave Journal Article about the "Fall" of Nortel Message-ID: <47.4A.29249.16BDCBF4@cdptpa-omtalb.mail.rr.com> This May 2012 issue of the Microwave journal which highlights this June's IMS (International Microwave Symposium) at the Palais des Congress de Montreal has an interesting lead-in article titled "Goliath's Fall". This article discusses the long history of Nortel which, according to the author, for all practical purposes died in 2010 when their main facilities was sold. For those of you interested of the telecom history in Canada, the author, David Vye, starts his "Canadian story" in 1874 describing the rivalry between A.G. Bell and Elisha Gray, and includes such headliner names as Bell Canada, Northern Electric, and even The Bell System besides Nortel. I've listed the URL below for you to peruse at your leisure. http://www.microwavejournal.com/articles/17532-goliath-s-fall John Stahl Aljon Enterprises Telecom/Data Consultant
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 09:52:56 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: We Learn About The Telephone Message-ID: <0a65eb73-fa50-4905-b931-cffe3ca90f2c@q2g2000vbv.googlegroups.com> On May 20, 9:13 pm, T <kd1s.nos...@cox.nospam.net> wrote: > Fascinating view into mid 60's telephony. By that point they had Telstar > up and running and most long distance was still over Microwave and Coax. Even in the late 1960s, according to a Bell System film, some toll service was still carried over open wires or bundled cable. Even in the 1970s, multiplexing terminal equipment was still very expensive [just as computer components were very expensive back then compared to today.] Back then traffic engineers had to analyze whether it was cheaper just to run copper lines between two points or use terminal equipment. > DTMF would come about shortly thereafter and I believe 1965 was the year > of the Morris ESS trial. A trial of tone-pushbutton dialing was done at Media, PA, in 1948, using vibrating reeds served by a pioneer No. 5 Crossbar. The first marketing trials of Touch Tone were in 1961 in Findlay, Ohio and Greensburg, PA. I believe an Independent Company had a trial circa 1962 using Stromberg Carlson equipment. The Morris trial ran from 1960 to 1962 (All from the Bell Labs history 1925-1975, which goes into detail about developments).
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 19:38:40 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Web billing biz ransacked, smashed offline by hacktivists Message-ID: <p0624080bcbe3249e76c1@[]> Titsup WHMCS calls the Feds after credit-card megaleak Web billing biz ransacked, smashed offline by hacktivists By John Leyden 22 May 2012 WHMCS, which provides billing and customer support tech to many web hosts, was comprehensively hacked on Monday and remains offline. Hackers tricked WHMCS's own hosting firm into handing over admin credentials to its servers. The group that carried out the hack, UGNazi, subsequently extracted the billing company's database before deleting files, essentially trashing the server and leaving services unavailable in the process. The compromised server hosted WHCMS's main website and supported customers' installations of its technology. UGNazi also gained access to WHMCS's Twitter account, which it used to publicise a series of posts on Pastebin that contained links to locations from which the billing firm's customer records and other sensitive data might be downloaded. A total of 500,000 records, including customer credit card details, were leaked as a result of the hack. ... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/22/whmcs_breach/ Hacker group UGNazi leaks and deletes billing service's database The group used social engineering to access WHMCS's customer database, then leaked 500,000 records online May 22, 2012 http://www.infoworld.com/t/hacking/hacker-group-ugnazi-leaks-and-deletes-billing-services-database-193867 Hackers Impersonate Web Billing Firm's Staff To Spill 500,000 Users' Passwords And Credit Cards May 22, 2012 http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/05/22/hackers-impersonate-web-billing-firms-staff-to-spill-500000-users-passwords-and-credit-cards/
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