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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 19 Feb 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 50 : "text" format

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This Verizon mistake is an expensive one – for me!Bill Horne
Verizon is Cracking Down on RobocallsBill Horne
Carriers provide location (dis)services to customersBill Horne
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20190218174905.GA32153@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:49:05 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: This Verizon mistake is an expensive one -- for me! By Christopher Elliott Question: I have a fraudulent charge on my bill from Verizon Wireless for an international call I never made. I called Verizon's customer service department, which put me on hold to consult with its fraud department. A representative claimed that I had called Jamaica and talked for 121 minutes. I told her that it could not be true. I'm 75 years old and am usually in bed by the time that call was supposedly made. https://www.elliott.org/problem-solved/this-verizon-mistake-expensive/#more-80919 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190218175425.GA32187@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:54:25 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon is Cracking Down on Robocalls by Luke Bouma Today Verizon announced that their new Call Filter app will be released in March 2019. This new app will crack down on spam calls by notifying Verizon customers for free that the call is likely spam. You will even be able to set the app up to auto-block any suspected spam calls. "Happy Valentine's Day! But if there's one thing more annoying than getting unwanted calls from an ex, it's getting all of those pesky robocalls. Rest assured, Verizon is on your side. Check out our Call Filter app and coming next month, a free solution for customers to help them block spam and robocalls." Verizon said in a statement on their website. https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/verizon-is-cracking-down-on-robocalls/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190218180626.GA32338@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:06:26 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Carriers provide location (dis)services to customers By Trento Von Lindenberg It's no secret that companies sell consumer data, but what you might not have known is that people can access that data and use it to track your location. On May 16, 2018, that is exactly what Dr. Robert Xiao, then a Ph.D. student in Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, discovered. 15 minutes into browsing the website for the location aggregator LocationSmart, Dr. Xiao reportedly came across a security vulnerability that granted him access to a cellphone's real-time location data. Worse yet, it did so without requesting permission from the cellphone user, after Dr. Xiao typed in the user's cell phone number. http://thetartan.org/2019/2/18/scitech/carrier-data -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 19 Feb 2019

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