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The Telecom Digest for February 14, 2012
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Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:48:27 -0500 From: Carl Navarro <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Threatened by Anonymous, Symantec tells users to Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:05:59 -0500, Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >Threatened by Anonymous, Symantec tells users to pull pcAnywhere's plug > >Source code leaked years ago, but now Anonymous hacking group has >software in its sights > >By Gregg Keizer >Computerworld >January 26, 2012 > > >http://goo.gl/twhz0 > We long ago stopped using PCAnywhere and went to Logmein. Even that is not allowed if the customer is processing credit cards. I hear tell of a story that a certain restaurant franchisee had PCA installed on his machine with the default password and got several credit cards stolen from the Russian hackers. It created quite a stir and led to the legislation and the corporate mandating that all affiliates use a security company to protect the data. Since their stores were all in a 50-mile radius, it didn't affedt me much, but I now have to go to the site to do maintenance. carl
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:41:00 -0500 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Threatened by Anonymous, Symantec tells users to Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Per Carl Navarro: >We long ago stopped using PCAnywhere and went to Logmein. Even that >is not allowed if the customer is processing credit cards. Has anybody verified or disproved the TeamViewer publisher's claim that TeamViewer is approved for use in the German banking industry (and, by implication, is pretty tight...)? I've been using TeamViewer for a number of years now and can't figure out why anybody would use anything else. But all I use it for is personal stuff, not business. -- Pete Cresswell
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:45:26 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: SNL Verizon 4G LTE skit gets it right Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> SNL Verizon 4G LTE skit gets it right in so many ways by Mathew Miller - February 12 Summary: SNL writers create some clever spoof commercials and the latest one about Verizon and it's 4G LTE network is an instant classic. I am sure many readers can relate to this skit. My MoTR podcast co-host Kevin Tofel and I were talking about the confusing branding of Android devices while recording MoTR #260 this weekend and then I saw all over Twitter that there was a great new SNL skit. The Verizon LTE skit is shown here: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/verizon-ad/1384573 . HTC's statement about focusing on quality instead of quantity may help with the issue of too many Android devices for anyone to make an informed choice, but I would love to hear what readers think. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phones/snl-verizon-4g-lte-skit-gets-it-right-in-so-many-ways/7249 -or- http://tinyurl.com/6mq7dd5 (The tag line at the end of the skit is worth the wait all by itself) -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:18:29 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Researchers Discover Android Mobile Botnet 100k Strong Message-ID: <email@example.com> Researchers Discover Android Mobile Botnet 100k Strong by Paul Roberts February 10, 2012 A newly discovered malicious application circulating on third party Android markets in China has created a botnet that contains more than 100,000 compromised devices, researchers report. Researchers from North Carolina State University and Symantec say the malware, dubbed RootStrap (NC State) installs a known remote access trojan (RAT) named BMaster (Symantec). It is capable of stealing a wide range of information from infected Android devices running versions earlier than 2.3.3 and 3.0, and may be ginning up illilcit profits with premium SMS and telephony scams, according to the report from NC State and Symantec. ... https://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/researchers-discover-android-mobile-botnet-100k-strong-021012
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:18:56 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Feds Look Beyond LightSquared to Set GPS Interference Standards Message-ID: <email@example.com> Feds Look Beyond LightSquared to Set GPS Interference Standards By Stephen Lawson, IDG News A high-ranking federal official and aviation industry leaders called on Wednesday for rules to prevent future interference with GPS, looking beyond a proposal by would-be hybrid mobile operator LightSquared that may be doomed by broad opposition. LightSquared's proposed cellular data network can't be made compatible with GPS, and the government should set interference standards to prevent future conflicts over companies trying to establish such services, Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari told a House Aviation Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/249584/feds_look_beyond_lightsquared_to_set_gps_interference_standards.html -or- http://goo.gl/Dg14I -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:05:36 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Many users apparently don't care for CenturyLink Message-ID: <email@example.com> According to a website called, appropriately enough, pissedconsumer.com, CenturyLink isn't making many friends lately. Of course, annonymous statements have to be taken with a grain of salt, but here's a tip: when people make basic grammar and spelling mistakes, it's often due to anger. One example: "After being lied to twice about their service and the price. I cancelled service before it was set up only to be billed for their mistake. I received absolutely no service from them, yet have been turned in for debt collection because of their mistake." http://centurylink.pissedconsumer.com/century-link-incompetent-liars-20091208163858.html -or- http://goo.gl/ZJrO4 Also, from the 'Broadand Expert' web-site: BroadbandExpert users don't care for CenturyLink CenturyLink High Speed Internet Reviews show below-average performance: users complain of low peak-hours speed. http://www.broadbandexpert.com/high-speed-internet-reviews/centurylink -or- http://goo.gl/bsLLI -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:39:14 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: For AT&T Customers, 'Unlimited Data' Has Limits Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> For AT&T Customers, 'Unlimited Data' Has Limits by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS February 13, 2012 Mike Trang likes to use his iPhone 4 as a GPS device, helping him get around in his job. Now and then, his younger cousins get ahold of it, and play some YouTube videos and games. But in the past few weeks, there has been none of that, because AT&T Inc. put a virtual wheel clamp on his phone. Web pages wouldn't load and maps wouldn't render. Forget about YouTube videos - Trang's data speeds were reduced to dial-up levels. "It basically makes my phone useless," said Trang, an Orange County, Calif. property manager. The reason: AT&T considers Trang to be among the top 5 percent of the heaviest cellular data users in his area. Under a new policy, AT&T has started cutting their data speeds as part of an attempt to manage data usage on its network. ... http://www.npr.org/2012/02/13/146805707/for-at-t-customers-unlimited-data-has-limits
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