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The Telecom Digest for August 3, 2012
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Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:12:43 -0400 From: Chris Farrar <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: The Telecom Digest (1 messages) Message-ID: <5019557B.email@example.com> > Per T: >>> It's not going to happen. Most phone services allow call-block now. And >>> on my phone I use Blacklist for Android - MetroPCS wants to charge me a >>> buck a month for phone block. A $2 app does it forever and I don't need >>> to pay MetroPCS for the privilege. >> But don't Call-Block services depend on a blacklist? If so, who >> maintains the blacklist? >> >> What data does the Android app work from? Does it just block >> anything where the calling number is not in your phonebook? > No, you can tell the Blacklist application what numbers to block. I > quite like it as when you want to add it'll go into the phone call log > and let you choose a number. > There is a similar program for Blackberry, I use iBlocker Pro on mine. It will reject calls (either dump straight to voicemail or auto-answer and hang up on the call) and reply to texts from blocked numbers too with your own "custom" message.
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 09:28:08 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Attack against Microsoft scheme puts hundreds of crypto apps at risk Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Attack against Microsoft scheme puts hundreds of crypto apps at risk Cloud-based service requires an average of 12 hours to decrypt VPN traffic. by Dan Goodin July 31 2012 Ars Technica Researchers have devised an attack against a Microsoft-developed authentication scheme that makes it trivial to break the encryption used by hundreds of anonymity and security services, including the iPredator virtual private network offered to users of The Pirate Bay. The attack, unveiled by Moxie Marlinspike and David Hulton, takes on average just 12 hours to recover the secret key that iPredator and more than 100 other VPN and wireless products use to encrypt sensitive data. The technique, which has been folded into Marlinspike's CloudCracker service, exploits weaknesses in version 2 of a Microsoft technology known as MS-CHAP, short for Microsoft challenge-handshake authentication protocol. It's widely used to log users into VPN and WPA2 networks and is built into a variety of operating systems, including Windows and Ubuntu. ... http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/07/broken-microsoft-sheme-exposes-traffic/
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:37:25 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: FCC to Verizon: Don't block tethering apps. Verizon settles for $1.25M Message-ID: <email@example.com> FCC to Verizon: Don't block tethering apps. Verizon settles for $1.25M BY Stacey Higginbotham Jul 31, 2012 The FCC has come to a settlement with Verizon Wireless that will allow customers of the nation's largest wireless network to use tethering apps from the Android market, and thus circumvent the $20 monthly fee Verizon charges for using a phone as a mobile hot spot. Verizon customers will soon have the option of downloading Android apps that let them turn their phone into a mobile hotspot -apps that Verizon blocked initially because it didn't want customers circumventing its $20 a month mobile hot spot fee. The FCC has determined that nation's largest wireless carrier was in the wrong in this situation because it had purchased spectrum back in 2008 that required Verizon to allow open access to its network. ... http://gigaom.com/mobile/fcc-tells-verizon-you-cant-block-tethering-apps-verizon-settles-for-1-25m/
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2012 08:46:07 -0700 From: Jon Danniken <jonSPAMdanniken@yaSMPAhoo.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Challenge-Response Message-ID: <email@example.com> On 07/20/2012 08:42 AM, Pete Cresswell wrote: > I have been ranting about challenge-response periodically for a > couple of years now. > > "Captcha" for phones, so-to-speak. > > Does anybody else think that's where phone service is headed > globally? > > I'm thinking that a standard part of phone service (like the > ubiquitous answering-machine functionality) will be a means to > implement challenge-response. > > A couple of examples where the phone doesn't even ring until the > challenge has been met: > > - A message that says "Press 1 for Joe, press 2 for Sam, press 3 > for Sue...... where the right number to press is buried somewhere > in there and pressing anything else disconnects the call. > > - A message that says something like "Please the number of > fingers on a human hand" and anything but 5 disconnects. Back in the nineties I had a 28.8kb ISA faxmodem which came with telephony software (I think it was Sierra somethingorother). It was intended for business use, but I quickly adapted it to my POTS service, and used it to screen incoming calls before they were sent to the actual phone. Of course this only worked when the computer was on, but since most all of the automated dialers at the time called out in the afternoon and evening, it worked well enough. Jon
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