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The Telecom Digest for January 2, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 1 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Why Do Android Smartphones Guzzle the Most Data? (Monty Solomon)
Apple Says It Is 'Unaware' of N.S.A. iPhone Hack Program (Monty Solomon)
Researchers publish Snapchat code allowing phone number matching after exploit disclosures ignored (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:42:57 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Why Do Android Smartphones Guzzle the Most Data? Message-ID: <p0624084ecee9695630e3@[]> Why Do Android Smartphones Guzzle the Most Data? By BRIAN X. CHEN DECEMBER 31, 2013 Android smartphones are kind of like Hummers. Reminiscent of the oversize, gas-guzzling S.U.V.'s, Androids have the biggest screens and tend to use much more data than other types of smartphones, including iPhones. And that higher data usage could rack up heftier phone bills. In a recent study, Ericsson, the networking company, found that global mobile Internet traffic varied greatly, depending on the software system and the network that a phone uses. But the highest average data consumption was seen on Android phones, which consumed an average of 2.2 gigabytes of data a month on one network, the study said. By contrast, iPhones used roughly 1.7 gigabytes a month and Windows phones used approximately 1.4 gigabytes a month, Ericsson found. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/why-do-android-smartphones-guzzle-the-most-data/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** My smurf-advertising alarm is going off, but I'm going to let the readers decide on this one. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:34:31 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Apple Says It Is 'Unaware' of N.S.A. iPhone Hack Program Message-ID: <p0624084ccee966dc9c52@[]> Apple Says It Is 'Unaware' of N.S.A. iPhone Hack Program By NICOLE PERLROTH DECEMBER 31, 2013 Apple said Tuesday that it was unaware of the National Security Agency's efforts to hack into the iPhone and has never facilitated agency efforts to install backdoors into its products. The Cupertino, Calif., company released a strongly worded statement in response to a recent article in the German magazine Der Spiegel, which reported that N.S.A. analysts refer internally to iPhone users as "zombies" who "pay for their own surveillance." "Apple has never worked with the N.S.A. to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone," an Apple spokeswoman said in an email. Der Spiegel released a number of slides detailing the agency's hacking division - known internally as the Tailored Access Operations, or T.A.O. division. One slide, describing an N.S.A. software implant called DROPOUTJEEP, stood out. The agency described DROPOUTJEEP as a "software implant for Apple iPhone" that has all kinds of handy spy capabilities. DROPOUTJEEP can pull or push information onto the iPhone, snag SMS text messages, contact lists, voicemail and a person's geolocation, both from the phone itself and from cell towers in close proximity. It can also turn the iPhone into a "hot mic" using the phone's own microphone as a recording device and capture images via the iPhone's camera. (Reminder to readers: Masking tape is not a bad idea). ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/apple-says-it-is-unaware-of-n-s-a-iphone-hack-program/
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:34:44 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Researchers publish Snapchat code allowing phone number matching after exploit disclosures ignored Message-ID: <p06240859cee97526f5c4@[]> Researchers publish Snapchat code allowing phone number matching after exploit disclosures ignored Summary: Snapchat's previously undocumented API and code for two exploits have been published, allowing mass name/phone number matching, and mass creation of bogus accounts. By Violet Blue for Zero Day December 25, 2013 ZDNet ... http://www.zdnet.com/researchers-publish-snapchat-code-allowing-phone-number-matching-after-exploit-disclosures-ignored-7000024629/
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