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The Telecom Digest for July 25, 2012
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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:47:18 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Charges filed in British phone hacking Message-ID: <email@example.com> USA Today reported that "British authorities on Tuesday charged an ex- aide to the prime minister, a former protege of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and six others in the ever-widening phone hacking scandal, accusing them of key roles in a campaign of illegal espionage that victimized hundreds of people" for full article please see: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-07-24/britain-phone-hacking-charges/56448680/1
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:00:38 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Heathkit Declares Bankruptcy, Closes for Good (Again) Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Heathkit Declares Bankruptcy, Closes for Good (Again) 07/24/2012 The July 19 edition of The Herald-Palladium -- a newspaper serving the communities of Benton Harbor and St Joseph, Michigan -- is reporting that Heathkit Education Company has declared bankruptcy and has officially closed its doors after defaulting on its lease. According to the paper, Heathkit employed more than 1800 people in its heyday after World War II; when it finally closed, its workforce totaled fewer than six people. This is the second time since 1992 that Heathkit Educational Services has shuttered its doors. In August 2011, Heathkit announced it was returning to the kit building business, and in September, that it would once again be manufacturing Amateur Radio kits. ... http://www.arrl.org/news/view/heathkit-declares-bankruptcy-closes-for-good-again
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:44:33 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Caller-ID says McGraw-Hill, voice says "Best Help"? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Curiosity made me answer a phone call this morning that Caller-ID showed as coming from an area 212 (NYC) number identified by name as McGraw Hill Com. A female voice at the other end, speaking an intelligible but oddly accented English, asked for me by name, and then said "This is 'Best Help', it's a call about your computer, OK?" My response? "No; not OK; thanks; bye." And I hung up. McGraw Hill, indeed! This business of impersonating legitimate and well-known organizations by sending counterfeit Caller-ID data has got to stop. Are not the local loop providers somehow "accessories after the fact" to that fraud? Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:24:11 -0500 From: Free Lunch <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Caller-ID says McGraw-Hill, voice says "Best Help"? Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:44:33 -0400, tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> wrote in comp.dcom.telecom: >Curiosity made me answer a phone call this morning that Caller-ID showed as >coming from an area 212 (NYC) number identified by name as McGraw Hill Com. > >A female voice at the other end, speaking an intelligible but oddly >accented English, asked for me by name, and then said "This is 'Best Help', >it's a call about your computer, OK?" > >My response? "No; not OK; thanks; bye." And I hung up. McGraw Hill, indeed! > >This business of impersonating legitimate and well-known organizations by >sending counterfeit Caller-ID data has got to stop. Are not the local loop >providers somehow "accessories after the fact" to that fraud? > >Cheers, -- tlvp We got a 000-000-0000 call that the caller claimed happened because he was on VOIP. Does that make sense? AFAIK the VOIP services include Caller-ID. The caller still refused to identify his organization after being asked to do so. On a similar note, if the whole point of ANI was to pass along the number to the person paying for the call, shouldn't ANI be passed for all calls to cell phones?
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