Tag Archives: Verizon Communications Inc.

The Death of WorldCom

By | May 6, 2006

WorldCom, once the U.S.’ second largest long distance phone company before falling into bankruptcy and fraud convictions, is no more. At least, as a name. As Netcraft, a UK-based Internet monitoring and security company, records: WorldCom.com has been taken offline, erasing the web’s last traces of the brand that became a symbol of white collar crime and the… Read More »

IVR Cheat Sheets, And Dirty Tricks?

By | December 3, 2005

The IVR debate rumbles on. Could automated voice phone systems be better than just having a human answering the phone? Is it better to cheat the system? Paul English’s cheat sheet has appeared more than 100 TV and radio stations in a month. One company, Angel.com, has been fighting back, first with a pretty harsh broadside, but now… Read More »

Even Mayors Get Dialer Scammed

By | October 13, 2004

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 in the scam:… Read More »

News: Pssst! Wanna See Some SMS?

By | July 30, 2003

 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: Tom (or Dick,… Read More »