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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 273 : "text" format

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Everything you need to know about Wi-Fi callingBill Horne
Botnet takedown snares 3ve, Methbot ad fraud campaignsBill Horne
A Case of FraudBill Horne
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20181129100019.GA6878@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 05:00:19 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Everything you need to know about Wi-Fi calling Curious about Wi-Fi calling and what it entails? Here's the rundown on what you need to know. BY Lynn La On Wednesday, Google announced that Google Fi, previously known as Project Fi, will be expanding to iPhones, Samsung and OnePlus phones. For a service that was once compatible with only a handful of Android phones, this is a notable development for the company's Wi-Fi first network. But making a Wi-Fi call on a phone is nothing new. The ability to patch a call using a Wi-Fi connection instead of a cellular one has been around for years, with Skype being one of oldest and most popular apps to do so. https://www.cnet.com/news/what-is-wifi-calling-tmobile-verizon-att-google-fi-sprint-setup-faq/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20181129101803.GA6915@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 05:18:03 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Botnet takedown snares 3ve, Methbot ad fraud campaigns The Justice Department indicted eight individuals accused of running major ad fraud campaigns, including the 3ve botnet, which generated millions of dollars in fake ad revenue. By Rod Wright The Department of Justice Tuesday announced the indictments of eight people accused of running massive ad fraud schemes that were disrupted by an FBI-led botnet takedown. The 13-count indictment, which was unsealed in a federal court in Brooklyn, charged six Russian nationals and two Kazakhstan citizens with crimes including wire fraud, computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. The defendants - Aleksandr Zhukov, Boris Timokhin, Mikhail Andreev, Denis Avdeev, Dmitry Novikov, Sergey Ovsyannikov, Aleksandr Isaev and Yevgeniy Timchenko - were behind a massive botnet as well as two ad fraud campaigns, known as Methbot and 3ve, that generated millions of dollars. Ovsyannikov, Zhukov and Timchenko were recently arrested in Malaysia, Bulgaria and Estonia, respectively, and are awaiting extradition to the U.S.; the remaining defendants are still at large. https://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/252453401/Botnet-takedown-snares-3ve-Methbot-ad-fraud-campaigns -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20181129102929.GA6940@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 05:29:29 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: A Case of Fraud I got a phone call on Saturday, informing me that someone I know had been defrauded: she had answered an email from her boss, and followed instructions, and had lost five-hundred dollars. The email she received had asked her to go buy a lot of gift cards and to charge it to her own credit card. She did that. Then, when she emailed back, she got another email telling her to scan the serial numberd off the backs of the cards and to send the scans, via email, immediately. At that point, she contacted her boss directly, and found out that she'd been tricked: he hadn't sent the email. I know this woman: she's as level-headed a person as you'll find anywhere. She raised a family, dealt with all the drama of having five children, and held down various jobs while her husband slogged through a federal civil-service job and made it to a pension. She is the probably the last person in the world I would expect to fall for an email scam. If there's a moral to this story, it's that checking emails and verifying the id of a correspondent is better done late than never: although she paid $500 for the gift cards, she never sent the serial numbers, and now the company (no doubt dealing with hundreds of such scams) has cancelled the cards and promised her a refund. But the lesson remains: it can happen to anyone. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Thu, 29 Nov 2018

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