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The Telecom Digest for December 23, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 297 : "text" Format
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Stabuniq malware found on servers at U.S. financial institutions (Monty Solomon)
Wells Fargo's website buckles under flood of traffic (Monty Solomon)
U.S. mobile buyouts may meet their end in 2013 (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 14:16:18 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Stabuniq malware found on servers at U.S. financial institutions Message-ID: <p06240813ccfbb766a629@[]> Stabuniq malware found on servers at U.S. financial institutions IDG News Service - Security researchers from Symantec have identified an information-stealing Trojan program that was used to infect computer servers belonging to various U.S. financial institutions. Dubbed Stabuniq, the Trojan program was found on mail servers, firewalls, proxy servers, and gateways belonging to U.S. financial institutions, including banking firms and credit unions, Symantec software engineer Fred Gutierrez said Friday in a blog post. "Approximately half of unique IP addresses found with Trojan.Stabuniq belong to home users," Gutierrez said. "Another 11 percent belong to companies that deal with Internet security (due, perhaps, to these companies performing analysis of the threat). A staggering 39 percent, however, belong to financial institutions." http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234961/Stabuniq_malware_found_on_servers_at_U.S._financial_institutions
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 14:17:10 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Wells Fargo's website buckles under flood of traffic Message-ID: <p06240814ccfbb7a3b499@[]> Wells Fargo's website buckles under flood of traffic By Jeremy Kirk December 20, 2012 10:55 PM ET In a statement, a bank spokeswoman described the issue as "An unusually high volume of traffic" that is causing slow or intermittent access to its website. "The vast majority of customers are not impacted, but for those who are, we encourage them to access their accounts through our stores, ATMs or by phone as we work to resolve the issue," she wrote. Wells Fargo is one of several banks that have been targeted with distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks over the last several months, which seek to jam websites with traffic to make them unavailable. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234957/Wells_Fargo_39_s_website_buckles_under_flood_of_traffic -or- http://goo.gl/dVMT7
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 14:17:48 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: U.S. mobile buyouts may meet their end in 2013 Message-ID: <p06240815ccfbb7d1bf37@[]> U.S. mobile buyouts may meet their end in 2013 By Stephen Lawson December 21, 2012 05:06 PM ET IDG News Service - After starting amid the smoldering ruins of AT&T and T-Mobile USA's failed merger, 2012 ended as a big year for mobile carrier deals in the U.S., and possibly a final changing of the guard for a long time. If all the reshuffling that operators agreed to in 2012 becomes a reality, 2013 will see a competitive second-tier carrier absorbed, the country's struggling No. 3 carrier rescued by a foreign suitor, the world's biggest WiMax operator swallowed up and a venerable brand name banished to the history books. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234980/U.S._mobile_buyouts_may_meet_their_end_in_2013
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