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Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:00:39 -0400 From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Ohio bill could doom landlines Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.email@example.com> [Ohio news] Ohio bill could doom landlines With the steady stream of innovations to wireless phones, many companies are regarding the traditional landline as obsolete. .... The [Ohio] bill addresses Carrier of Last Resort (COLR) obligations that previously required franchises to serve everyone who wanted service in a franchise territory. ... According to a copy of the bill provided by the Ohio state legislature, to discontinue basic telephone service a company must prove there are at least two other telecommunications companies providing services within the area. Those companies, however, do not have to provide service through the entire area serviced by the phone company. For rural areas like Washington County, that can lead to some people being unable to acquire a basic phone service. ------ rest: http://www.mariettatimes.com/page/content.detail/id/543092 ____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:23:03 -0400 From: Matt Simpson <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Ohio bill could doom landlines Message-ID: <net-news69-04A89A.email@example.com> In article <Pine.NEB.firstname.lastname@example.org>, danny burstein <email@example.com> wrote: > Ohio bill could doom landlines > A similar bill was defeated in Kentucky. The bill was actually written by AT&T http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/13/2108034/bill-that-could-end-basic-phone.html The sponsor's recommendation to criticism of introducing legislation drafted by AT&T was awesome: Hornback defended AT&T getting to write a deregulation bill that would benefit the company. Nobody knows better than AT&T what the company needs the legislature to do for it, he said. "You work with the authorities in any industry to figure out what they need to move that industry forward," Hornback said. "It's no conflict." Umm...we realize that maybe AT&T has been generous to you, but you're really supposed to be representing the citizens and thinking about what we need the legislature to do for us.
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:48:16 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: MasterCard, VISA Warn of Processor Breach Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> MasterCard, VISA Warn of Processor Breach Brian Krebs March 30, 2012 VISA and MasterCard are alerting banks across the country about a recent major breach at a U.S.-based credit card processor. Sources in the financial sector are calling the breach "massive," and say it may involve more than 10 million compromised card numbers. In separate non-public alerts sent late last week, VISA and MasterCard began warning banks about specific cards that may have been compromised. The card associations stated that the breached credit card processor was compromised between Jan. 21, 2012 and Feb. 25, 2012. The alerts also said that full Track 1 and Track 2 data was taken - meaning that the information could be used to counterfeit new cards. Neither VISA nor MasterCard have said which U.S.-based processor was the source of the breach. But affected banks are now starting to analyze transaction data on the compromised cards, in hopes of finding a common point of purchase. Sources at two different major financial institutions said the transactions that most of the cards they analyzed seem to have in common are that they were used in parking garages in and around the New York City area. ... http://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/03/mastercard-visa-warn-of-processor-breach/ New credit card data breach revealed by Avivah Litan March 30, 2012 Just when we thought the big credit card data breaches were over, at least for a while (with Alberto Gonzalez put away after his scams at TJX, Heartland Payments and others) - along comes a new one reported today in www.Krebsonsecurity.com. See KrebsOnSecurity.com Visa and MasterCard have already issued warnings on this. I've spoken with folks in the card business who are seeing signs of this breach mushroom. Looks like the hackers have started using the stolen card data more recently. From what I hear, the breach involves a taxi and parking garage company in the New York City area so if you've paid a NYC cab in the last few months with your credit or debit card - be sure to check your card statements for possible fraud. ... http://blogs.gartner.com/avivah-litan/2012/03/30/new-credit-card-data-breach-revealed/
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:22:09 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: MasterCard, VISA Warn of Processor Breach Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:48:16 -0400, Monty Solomon wrote: > MasterCard, VISA Warn of Processor Breach > > Brian Krebs > March 30, 2012 > > VISA and MasterCard are alerting banks across the country about a > recent major breach at a U.S.-based credit card processor. > ... > Neither VISA nor MasterCard have said which U.S.-based processor ... > > > http://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/03/mastercard-visa-warn-of-processor-breach/ > and > > http://blogs.gartner.com/avivah-litan/2012/03/30/new-credit-card-data-breach-revealed/ > More detail provided by yahoo finance: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mastercard-tells-banks-possible-security-breach-154439326.html In particular, "Four giant card-payment processors and large U.S. banks that issue debit and credit cards were hit by a data-security breach after third-party services provider Global Payments Inc discovered its systems were compromised by unauthorized access." Also: "Global Payments said it determined that an unauthorized entity had accessed its systems and possible customer card data in early March. Krebs on Security, a blog that first reported the incident on Friday, said accounts had been compromised for over a month, between January 21, 2012 and February 25, 2012." (That "in early March" time point, I fear, refers not to when "an unauthorized entity had accessed its systems", as a quick read might suggest, but rather when Global Payments finally "determined that ... .") (Sigh!) Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 07:01:13 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon, at&t agree to stop 'cramming' on customers' bills Message-ID: <email@example.com> MSNBC reported: "Verizon and AT&T have agreed to stop "cramming" consumers' telephone bills with unauthorized third-party charges, Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced Wednesday. The move comes after a Senate investigation revealed last year that consumers were hit with $10 billion in fraudulent charges due to the practice over the past five years. . . . Cramming has vexed consumers and generated mountains of complaints since 1995, when land line providers began making it easy for third- party firms to sell add-on services like voice mail through local phone bills." for full article please see: http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/28/10908841-after-investigation-att-verizon-agree-to-stop-cramming-phone-bills?chromedomain=lifeinc
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:17:24 -0400 From: "r.e.d." <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon, at&t agree to stop 'cramming' on customers' bills Message-ID: <HYmdnfn4T7pkrevSnZ2dnUVZ_hednZ2d@earthlink.com> Regarding this posting and linked article, I have always wondered about this: ----- Original Message ----- From: "HAncock4" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Verizon, at&t agree to stop 'cramming' on customers' bills > MSNBC reported: > "Verizon and AT&T have agreed to stop "cramming" consumers' telephone > bills with unauthorized third-party charges, Sen. Jay Rockefeller > announced Wednesday. [Moderator snip] Is there expertise in the newsgroup readership as to how cramming works, technically? I gather it's not like billing for carrier interconnection (not that I understand that, either).
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:48:16 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: With new mobile payment app, Cumberland Farms allows customers to buy gas with their phones Message-ID: <email@example.com> With new mobile payment app, Cumberland Farms allows customers to buy gas with their phones By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist March 30, 2012 I don't usually drive from Brookline out to Framingham just to gas up, but I found myself pulling into a Cumberland Farms outlet on Cochituate Road a few weeks ago, to try paying for a tank of fuel without using cash or a credit card. About fifty Cumberand Farms locations in eastern Massachusetts are participating in a pilot test of a just-released mobile app called SmartPay, available for iPhone and Android, and they're offering a five cents a gallon discount if you use it. It was the perfect lure for a tech-obsessed cheapskate like me: trying out a new app for mobile payment, and saving money at the same time. The app was developed by Cumberland Farms in collaboration with the Boston office of PayPal. (Last April, PayPal acquired Fig Card, a small Boston startup that was developing mobile payment technology.) It requires that you have an account with PayPal, the online payment service that is owned by eBay. In addition to the iPhone and Android versions, there's also a mobile web version for other phones. ... http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2012/03/with_new_mobile_payment_app_cu.html
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