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The Telecom Digest for November 26, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 277 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Cellphones Reshape Prostitution in India, and Complicate Efforts to Prevent AIDS (Monty Solomon)
Re: photos/article of VZ NYC hurricane cleanup (T)
Case Pits Technology-Based Police Search Against Citizens' Rights (Monty Solomon)
Why passwords have never been weaker-and crackers have never been stronger (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 00:05:34 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Cellphones Reshape Prostitution in India, and Complicate Efforts to Prevent AIDS Message-ID: <p062408b1ccd75765f939@[]> Cellphones Reshape Prostitution in India, and Complicate Efforts to Prevent AIDS By GARDINER HARRIS November 24, 2012 MUMBAI, India - Millions once bought sex in the narrow alleys of Kamathipura, a vast red-light district here. But prostitutes with inexpensive mobile phones are luring customers elsewhere, and that is endangering the astonishing progress India has made against AIDS. Indeed, the recent closings of hundreds of ancient brothels, while something of an economic victory for prostitutes, may one day cost them, and many others, their lives. "The place where sex happens turns out to be an important H.I.V. prevention point," said Saggurti Niranjan, program associate of the Population Council. "And when we don't know where that is, we can't help stop the transmission." Cellphones, those tiny gateways to modernity, have recently allowed prostitutes to shed the shackles of brothel madams and strike out on their own. But that independence has made prostitutes far harder for government and safe-sex counselors to trace. And without the advice and free condoms those counselors provide, prostitutes and their customers are returning to dangerous ways. Studies show that prostitutes who rely on cellphones are more susceptible to H.I.V. because they are far less likely than their brothel-based peers to require their clients to wear condoms. In interviews, prostitutes said they had surrendered some control in the bedroom in exchange for far more control over their incomes. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/world/asia/indian-prostitutes-new-autonomy-imperils-aids-fight.html
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 23:41:34 -0500 From: T <kd1s.nospam@cox.nospam.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: photos/article of VZ NYC hurricane cleanup Message-ID: <MPG.2b1b6b88d18db2ae989d4a@news.eternal-september.org> In article <Pine.NEB.4.64.1211191930060.313@panix5.panix.com>, dannyb@panix.com says... > > It turns out that, as you might guess, basements > and 15 foot storm surges... don't mix well. > > Triply so when it's salt water. > > > http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/17/3655442/restoring-verizon-service-manhattan-hurricane-sandy > > > lots of photos.. As a testament to the stuttering wonders water can do for RF signals I offer the following: We had a VAN[1] via Cox that ran from the RI State House to our facility on the northern end of the city of Providence. We noticed we were getting heavy latency on the VAN. Now keep in mind, we had been having serious weather with lots of rain. Seems that Cox had an amplifier in a manhole at the bottom of the State Hosue grounds. It filled up with water. Then of course there's when we had to move the cable modem up from the sub-basement to the basement level. Those modems don't like a very hot signal and the location we moved to had an amplifier in the same closet. The solution - since the Cox tech didn't know what an attenuator was, was to spool up a couple hundred feet of coax and then connect it. Problem solved. ***** Moderator's Note ***** 1. According to Wikipedia - A Value-added Network (VAN) is a hosted service offering that acts as an intermediary between business partners sharing standards based or proprietary data via shared Business Processes. The offered service is referred to as "Value-added Network Service". Now, here's what puzzles me: why would you get latency instead of a failed signal? If the manhole was flooded, I'd expect the signal to go dark. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:13:19 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Case Pits Technology-Based Police Search Against Citizens' Rights Message-ID: <p062408b6ccd801f0f20c@[]> Case Pits Technology-Based Police Search Against Citizens' Rights By DAN FROSCH November 19, 2012 AURORA, Colo. - On the afternoon of June 2, the authorities say, a former music teacher named Christian Paetsch walked into a Wells Fargo bank waving a gun and ordered everyone to lie down. About 15 minutes later, a phalanx of police cars descended upon an intersection a few miles away, blockading dozens of shocked motorists - including Mr. Paetsch, whom the authorities had tracked with a GPS device buried in the $26,000 he was accused of stealing. But with only the faintest physical description and unsure which vehicle the device was in, the police trained their weapons on all 20 cars at the intersection and ordered people to show their hands. For nearly two hours, the police ordered every driver and passenger to step out of their cars, even handcuffing some of them, before discovering the missing money and two loaded firearms in Mr. Paetsch's S.U.V. The case, now winding its way through the federal court system, is being watched by Fourth Amendment lawyers and law enforcement experts. While advanced technology now gives the police the power to shadow a suspect moments after a crime is committed, there are still legal questions over how wide a net the authorities can cast while in pursuit. At issue is not Mr. Paetsch's involvement in the robbery. Rather, his lawyer, Matthew Belcher, a federal public defender, has argued that evidence seized from Mr. Paetsch's vehicle should be thrown out on the grounds that the roadblock was unconstitutional. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/us/case-pits-police-use-of-technology-against-citizens-rights.html
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:27:40 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Why passwords have never been weaker-and crackers have never been stronger Message-ID: <p062408c4ccd8113a8752@[]> Why passwords have never been weaker-and crackers have never been stronger Thanks to real-world data, the keys to your digital kingdom are under assault. by Dan Goodin Aug 20 2012 Ars Technica In late 2010, Sean Brooks received three e-mails over a span of 30 hours warning that his accounts on LinkedIn, Battle.net, and other popular websites were at risk. He was tempted to dismiss them as hoaxes-until he noticed they included specifics that weren't typical of mass-produced phishing scams. The e-mails said that his login credentials for various Gawker websites had been exposed by hackers who rooted the sites' servers, then bragged about it online; if Brooks used the same e-mail and password for other accounts, they would be compromised too. The warnings Brooks and millions of other people received that December weren't fabrications. Within hours of anonymous hackers penetrating Gawker servers and exposing cryptographically protected passwords for 1.3 million of its users, botnets were cracking the passwords and using them to commandeer Twitter accounts and send spam. Over the next few days, the sites advising or requiring their users to change passwords expanded to include Twitter, Amazon, and Yahoo. "The danger of weak password habits is becoming increasingly well-recognized," said Brooks, who at the time blogged about the warnings as the Program Associate for the Center for Democracy and Technology. The warnings, he told me, "show [that] these companies understand how a security breach outside their systems can create a vulnerability within their networks." The ancient art of password cracking has advanced further in the past five years than it did in the previous several decades combined. At the same time, the dangerous practice of password reuse has surged. The result: security provided by the average password in 2012 has never been weaker. ... http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/08/passwords-under-assault/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** Let me get this straight: do they mean that changing my els to ones and my o's to zeroes doesn't keep me safe anymore? Bill Horne Moderator
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