Confusing, Sleazy Checkbox Syndrome

(Please see update below) I am always amused by how even those companies you would think wouldn’t stoop to the foot-in-the-door tactics of spammers, do. Like this one from IBM, at the foot of a submission form — specifically for journalists, no less: (The text reads: This data may be used by IBM or selected …

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Even Mayors Get Dialer Scammed

It’s not just small fry getting hooked in the great modem hijacking/dialer scam. The Derrick, a publication from Pennsylvania’s Oil City, reports the town’s former mayor has become embroiled, demanding Verizon forgive $1,200 in charges. Verizon has so far refused to forgive Malachy McMahon’s debt. McMahon is going after Verizon, who he sees as complicit …

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News: Pssst! Wanna See Some SMS?

 A sign of the times? ThreeZee Technology, Inc., a security research firm, has located a bug within the Verizon Wireless Text Messaging system which allows any Tom, Dick or Harry to “easily view mass lists of SMS messages sent to Verizon customers, including the telephone number and the text in the message”. Not just that: …

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Column: Bluetooth primer

Loose Wire — Wireless With Strings   By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 1 August 2002 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review, (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.    By now you’ve probably heard of Bluetooth technology, but chances are you’re not quite sure what all the fuss is about. I don’t blame you. …

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Column: Ethel fights back

Loose Wire — Tea, Sympathy And Service By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 25 July 2002 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review, (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. If you want good customer service on-line, try impersonating a little old lady. It worked for me. Frustrated by the poor response to my own e-mail …

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