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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 07 Feb 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 13 : "text" format

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Here's Exactly How the Internet Is Now Under ThreatMonty Solomon
Re: Ransomware killed 70% of Washington DC CCTV ahead of inaugurationFred Goldstein
Samsung's "Note 7" apology was full, humble, and nerdyMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <995AAD96-AF28-4DFC-812C-B50DEF532D08@roscom.com> Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 11:32:09 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Here's Exactly How the Internet Is Now Under Threat Here's Exactly How the Internet Is Now Under Threat Obama's FCC head Tom Wheeler talks candidly about the open internet - and why, in Trumpworld, four companies could lock it up. When President Obama nominated Tom Wheeler as the 31st chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), some activists were wary because of his background as an advocate for cable and wireless interests. But as a friend of his, I was confident that he would be a strong leader, and he did not disappoint me. In fact, I consider Tom Wheeler the most consequential FCC chairman since the early 1960s, when a 35-year-old Newton Minow went to the Sheraton Park Hotel - to the lion's den, the National Association of Broadcasters - and told those all-powerful broadcasters that they were supposed to be serving the public interest. For all the diversity of content that we have today, one can argue that in terms of concentrated power over communications, we're not much different - four companies strive to dominate what we see and hear. As commissioner, Tom Wheeler told those four companies that they should be serving the public interest as well. ]https://backchannel.com/obamas-fcc-head-is-worried-about-our-online-future-628b8f63efc5 ------------------------------ Message-ID: <o782e3$qjp$1@dont-email.me> Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 15:39:08 -0500 From: Fred Goldstein <fg_es@removeQRM.ionary.com> Subject: Re: Ransomware killed 70% of Washington DC CCTV ahead of inauguration On 1/30/2017 12:11 PM, Pete Cresswell wrote: > Per Monty Solomon: >> ]https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/30/ransomware_killed_70_of_washington_dc_cctv_ahead_of_inauguration/ > > It would have been interesting to hear how all those machines got > infected. > Very easily. The DVtel servers which tie it all together had the default password left on them. It took me something like ten seconds to find it on line. My company helps manage Boston's servers, and they don't have the default passwords, nor are they directly accessible from the Internet. But a nearby city had its servers on the school network, which did have Internet access, and had the same password, and got hacked too. It is amazing how many people don't change default passwords. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <002D1111-F99A-460B-BCF8-37D017ECFB07@roscom.com> Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 10:50:37 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Samsung's "Note 7" apology was full, humble, and nerdy By Vlad Savov The Galaxy Note 7 started life looking like Samsung's best ever smartphone: it combined the huge screen and stylus of a phablet with the petite dimensions of a regular smartphone. But it also had a fatal battery flaw, which led it to overheat and catch fire, turning what was meant to be Samsung Mobile's glorious apogee into its ignominious nadir. On Sunday night, Samsung streamed an exhaustive 50-minute presentation, covering the findings from its battery fault inves- tigation, and it started things off on the right note. The head of its mobile division, DJ Koh, said: "First of all, I deeply apologize to all of our customers, carriers, retail, and distribution partners. [...] We believe that, as a first step to regain your trust, it is important to provide you with a thorough understanding of the cause behind the Galaxy Note 7 incidents and to implement a comprehensive plan to take preventative measures." ]http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/23/14355916/samsung-galaxy-note-7-apology-explanation ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 07 Feb 2017

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