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Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:45:36 +0000 (UTC) From: tonypo <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: BBS: The Documentary Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:24:15 -0700, charlie.behrens wrote: > On Tuesday, February 27, 2007 7:17:42 PM UTC-5, T wrote: >> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, >> email@example.com says: >> >> > Yeah! A retro of old skool 80s geek out there at >> > >> > http://geekvideo.blogspot.com/2007/02/bbs-documentary.html >> > >> >> Awesome -- lots of younger people remember the BBS which is amazing. >> >> Here's how I got into it. Back in 1982 I'd just graduated high school >> and bought myself a Radio Shack DC-1 modem. This was the one where you >> had to dial then flip the switch when you detected carrier, etc. >> >> I did so on the advice of a friend who told me about this cool new >> thing called the BBS. Providence, RI had but one BBS at the time called >> NYBBLINK. About a month after I'd gotten the modem NYBBLINK went belly >> up. >> >> So I pressured my friend and together we built a BBS package for the >> TRS-80 Model III called Syslink. Well, Syslink begat PowerCor and >> PowerNet. The guy who built the Power* systems was Andy Green, who then >> formed Intelicom Data Systems or IDS. IDS is now Conversent >> Communications. >> >> So all because I bought a modem and had nothing to connect to. Imagine >> that. >> >> For a few years in the late 80's I was the sysop for Syslink, but by >> then it was running on a PC under TBBS. >> >> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I started my BBS'ing in 1979 under the >> tutalage of Randy Seuss in Chicago, but instead of the software and >> computer he operated, I chose to use an Apple ][+ and a variation on >> the People's Message System of Bill Blue. I got the Apple in 1981 and >> thought that was better to use than the older OSI C-l-P machine I had. >> I kept *Lakeshore Modem Magazine* alive through the end of 1985 at >> which point I was pretty much involved in Usenet all the time. During >> that same time period I was also sysop of the Chicago Public Library >> BBS for about three years, but that (CPL) was on a volunteer basis >> (which is not to say my own BBS made any money, either!) PAT] > > > It's fun for me to see this story. I wrote Nybblink back in 1981. I was > running a company named Human Computing Inc. at the time, and worked a > deal with "The Computer Store" in Providence, RI. We (I) provided the > code and support, and they provided the hardware (an Applie ][+, a DC > Hayes 300 baud modem, and a phone line.) It was online for close a year > before the store went out of business. > > Nybblink was the first BBS in Rhode Island and introduced a new concept > of allowing people to break out discussions into different topic areas > instead of everything being in one endless thread. As I think back on > it, I am amazed to think that only about a dozen different areas were > ever created. > > - Charlie Behrens And I was the one who when Nybblink went bye bye convinced one Donald Lambert that we should write our own. It was called Syslink. Ran on a modified version of TRSDOS that supported multiple com ports and ISAM file systems. Syslink thus begat IDS which at last account was sold to Conversent and where it went from there I don't know.
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:43:06 +0000 (UTC) From: tonypo <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:58:08 -0400, Monty Solomon wrote: > Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN > > Months after Leveson inquiry, your messages are still not secure > > By Simon Rockman 24 Apr 2014 The Register > > Special report Voicemail inboxes on two UK mobile networks are wide open > to being hacked. An investigation by The Register has found that even > after Lord Leveson's press ethics inquiry, which delved into the > practice of phone hacking, some telcos are not implementing even the > most basic level of security. > > Your humble correspondent has just listened to the private voicemail of > a fellow Reg journalist's phone, accessed the voicemail inbox of a new > SIM bought for testing purposes, and the inbox of someone with a SIM > issued to police doing anti-terrorist work. I didn't need to use nor > guess the login PIN for any of them; I faced no challenge to > authenticate myself. > > ... > > > http://www.theregister.co.uk/Print/2014/04/24/ > voicemail_still_easy_to_hack/ I don't know if it's still possible but there used to be a Perl script for MagicJack where you could change the outbound CLID. And then plug in the number of a Sprint subscribe and dial the same number and lo and behold you'd be in their voice mail box.
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:25:32 -0500 From: CharlieBehrens <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Era of the BBS #2 Message-ID: <5uudnVK30PtR6MDOnZ2dnUVZ_gqdnZ2d@giganews.com> It's fun for me to see this history. I wrote Nybblink back in 1981. I was running a company named Human Computing Inc. at the time, and worked out a deal with "The Computer Store" in Providence, RI. I provided the code and support, and they provided the hardware (an Apple ][+, a DC Hayes 300 baud modem, and a phone line.) It was online for close a year before the store went out of business. Nybblink was the first BBS in Rhode Island and introduced a new concept of allowing people to break out discussions into different topic areas instead of everything being in one endless thread. As I think back on it, I am amazed to remember that only about a dozen different areas were ever active at one time. - Charlie Behrens http://compgroups.net/comp.dcom.telecom/
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