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The Telecom Digest for September 27, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 227 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Bogus Called ID (David Lesher)
Re: Bogus Called ID (Pete Cresswell)
New Limits Considered in Airwaves (Monty Solomon)
[telecom[ using a rental computer? There's a spy-app with that... (danny burstein)

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Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:01:54 +0000 (UTC) From: David Lesher <wb8foz@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Bogus Called ID Message-ID: <k3vce2$naf$1@reader1.panix.com> Doug McIntyre <merlyn@geeks.org> writes: > .... >I don't think it is too broken, it is useful. There is some abuse of >it, and there are laws that try to fix some of the more blatent abuse. >(ie. Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009). >But it was never designed to be very secure, with much of the data >coming from end-user run PBXs (besides the LEC sending their >single-line customers data onwards). It was from an era where there was one Telephone Company in an area. The thinking was there were 2 classes: Telcos to be trusted explictly; and outsiders, never to be trusted. Then there were CLEC's and the model broke. -- 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
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:21:19 -0400 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Bogus Called ID Message-ID: <eu2668hrdefvsq0ft97rpdjr5bipdto2g4@4ax.com> Per Andrew Kaser: >Like a lot of folks, I got a robo call asking to donate as little of $3 to >Romney's campaign. The call came from 202-730-9976. Of course, it is a bogus >number. > ... Do subsequent entities have to accept the reported originating number? >Are they any controls at the origin end to prevent bogus numbers from being >accepted by the first switch that handles the call? How does the Caller ID >number jive with all the other information that is needed to distribute the >revenue among all the parities that carried or handled all or part of the >call? I don't know enough to speak to the specifics, but from experience: - When I make outgoing calls from my iPod via the "Bria" app over WiFi, I spoof my home landline number so that when the phone rings on the other end they see that it's me calling. That is a service provided free-of-charge by my VOIP provider - so it must be easily available to the telemarketing industry. - The Do Not Call lists are fading into irrelevancy bco VOIP, offshore telemarketers, and other technical stuff. I used to report telemarketing calls to the Penna Do Not Call list enforcers, but all I have gotten back in recent years are lame-sounding letters on how it's too hard to go after these guys. National DNC, I've reported to also, but never received a response. - If you fire up Google and search on "Who Is" plus the offending phone number you can often get confirmation that it's perpetrators are up to no good. For instance, among the hits for "Who Is 202-730-9976", was http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-202-730-9976 , which contained: "Got robocall 10:33am from someone soliciting donations for Mitt Romney saying please donate as little as $3 because Obama out raised Romney in August. Press 1 to donate, 9 to unsubscribe. A few days ago got a call from another Washington D C number from Mike Huckabee. We are not Republicans. Caller: Donate to Romney Campaign Call Type: Political Call" - In anticipation of the election season, I have pre-pended the SIT tones for "Non-working Number" to my answering machine's message. I don't really expect it to help, but maybe... just maybe some of the ironically computers will recognize it and delete the number from their database. I think the chances of this happening are between zero and a very, very, vary small number... but it didn't cost me anything.... - One of my fond wishes is that one or more stand-up comedians line Jay Leno will start making jokes at the expense of people who are foolish enough to listen to any telemarketing call... especially political ones... My hope would be that it might affect the cost/benefit ratio... -- Pete Cresswell
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:55:15 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: New Limits Considered in Airwaves Message-ID: <p062408a6cc898c6d81d1@[]> New Limits Considered in Airwaves By EDWARD WYATT September 25, 2012 WASHINGTON - From East Hampton to Malibu, the only limit on how much beachfront property one can own is usually however much one can afford. Not so in the air across the continent, where the Federal Communications Commission has long set limits on how much of the airwaves one company can control. Now, pushed by small and medium-size telecommunications companies, the government plans to begin setting new rules to govern how much of the airwaves, or spectrum, a single carrier can hold. A big goal for those small companies, which compete with the behemoths Verizon and AT&T, is a measure that would give greater importance to so-called beachfront spectrum. Those are the highly sought-after airwaves that travel farther between antennas and pass more easily through buildings, making them especially attractive in urban areas where the largest, most profitable clusters of mobile device users congregate. It may sound esoteric, but the issue is known to every cellphone user who has experienced a dropped call or a smartphone browser stuck endlessly loading a Web page. After years of limiting companies to no more than one-third of the available airwaves in a given territory, the F.C.C. on Friday will begin the rule-making process on whether new technologies require limits to be redrawn, recalibrated or perhaps removed. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/business/media/fcc-considers-new-spectrum-rules-for-wireless-companies.html
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:10:25 -0400 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: [telecom[ using a rental computer? There's a spy-app with that... Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1209262208300.18102@panix5.panix.com> [FTC press release] FTC Halts Computer Spying Secretly Installed Software on Rented Computers Collected Information, Took Pictures of Consumers in Their Homes, Tracked Consumers' Locations Seven rent-to-own companies and a software design firm have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they spied on consumers using computers that consumers rented from them, capturing screenshots of confidential and personal information, logging their computer keystrokes, and in some cases taking webcam pictures of people in their homes, all without notice to, or consent from, the consumers. .... ... user names and passwords for email accounts, social media websites, and financial institutions; Social Security numbers; medical records; private emails to doctors; bank and credit card statements; and webcam pictures of children, partially undressed individuals, and intimate activities at home, according to the FTC. ======= rest: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/09/designware.shtm _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
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