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The Telecom Digest for June 6, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 99 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Google Offers New Encryption Tool (Monty Solomon)
How Florida cops went door to door with fake cell device to find one man (Monty Solomon)
T-Mobile and Sprint Zeroing In on a $32 Billion Merger (Monty Solomon)
How Not to Pay the Price for Free Wi-Fi (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 01:59:55 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Google Offers New Encryption Tool Message-ID: <p06240826cfb5b76c751f@[]> Google Offers New Encryption Tool By NICOLE PERLROTH JUNE 3, 2014 The National Security Agency's snooping is about to get more difficult. Google on Tuesday released the source code for a new extension to its Chrome browser that will make it a lot easier for users to encrypt their email. The tool, called End-to-End, uses an open-source encryption standard, OpenPGP, that will allow users to encrypt their email from the time it leaves their web browser until it is decrypted by the intended recipient. It will also allow users to easily read encrypted messages sent to their web mail service. The tool will require that users and their recipients use End-to-End or another encryption tool to send and read the contents. This could be a major blow to the N.S.A. Despite numerous cryptographic advances over the past 20 years, end-to-end email encryption like PGP and GnuPG is still remarkably labor-intensive and require a great deal of technical expertise. User mistakes - not errors in the actual cryptography - often benefited the N.S.A. in its decade-long effort to foil encryption. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/google-offers-new-encryption-tool/ http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014/06/making-end-to-end-encryption-easier-to.html https://code.google.com/p/end-to-end/
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 02:57:20 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: How Florida cops went door to door with fake cell device to find one man Message-ID: <p0624083ccfb5c504a4d8@[]> How Florida cops went door to door with fake cell device to find one man Best picture yet of how police use "stingrays." by Cyrus Farivar June 4 2014 Ars Technica In the early morning hours of September 13, 2008, a woman notified the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) that she had been raped and that her purse, containing her mobile phone, had been stolen. Within 24 hours, the Florida capital's police had contacted Verizon and obtained real-time ping information, which gave the police a "general area" where they might find the phone and thus, hopefully, the perpetrator of the crime. But that general area still covered plenty of ground-where exactly was the phone? To answer that question, the cops deployed a secretive device called a stingray, which operates as a fake cell phone tower used to track targeted phones. Though law enforcement typically fights attempts to learn how stingrays work or how often they are used, a court victory by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has just unsealed Tallahassee police testimony of exactly how the 2008 cell phone hunt happened. This newly released transcript (PDF) provides what is likely the first-ever verbatim account of how stingrays are used in actual police operations. And it shows that stingrays are so accurate, they can pinpoint the very room in which a phone is located. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/how-florida-cops-went-door-to-door-with-fake-cell-device-to-find-one-man/ https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/100823_transcription_of_suppression_hearing_complete_0.pdf
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 01:55:47 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: T-Mobile and Sprint Zeroing In on a $32 Billion Merger Message-ID: <p06240824cfb5b6b64a68@[]> T-Mobile and Sprint Zeroing In on a $32 Billion Merger By DAVID GELLES and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED JUNE 4, 2014 Responding to a wave of consolidation in the telecommunications industry, the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless phone operators have agreed on the terms of a deal to join forces. Sprint and T-Mobile have talked about a combination for years but continued to put it off, each preoccupied with other deals, and concerned about scrutiny from antitrust regulators. But in recent days, the two sides have settled on the terms of a $32 billion deal that is likely to be announced this summer, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. ... http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/sprint-and-t-mobile-agree-on-terms-of-32-billion-deal/
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 01:54:16 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: How Not to Pay the Price for Free Wi-Fi Message-ID: <p06240822cfb5b63d2e26@[]> How Not to Pay the Price for Free Wi-Fi JUNE 4, 2014 Stephanie Rosenbloom Part of globe-trotting nowadays is flitting from one free Wi-Fi network to the next. From hotel lobby to coffee shop to subway platform to park, each time we join a public network we put our personal information and privacy at risk. Yet few travelers are concerned enough to turn down free Wi-Fi. Rather, many of us hastily give away an email address in exchange for 15 minutes of free airport Internet access. So how to feed your addiction while also safeguarding your passwords and privacy? If you're not going to abstain (and who is these days?), here are four rules for staying connected and (reasonably) safe while traveling. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/08/travel/how-not-to-pay-the-price-for-free-wi-fi.html
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