Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Regulating phone companies' security standards

Filed under
Security

A new age crime for new age technology, is about thieves trying to steal identities and the phone companies doing little to protect subscribers' personal data from being revealed. Now according to a privacy watchdog Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), it is getting worse as agents of deception are getting access to even personal phone records from the phone companies, which are actively traded over the Internet, believably by over 40 internet sites.

The EPIC has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that states that these identity thieves are "data brokers and private investigators" who are knowledgeable about the "inadequate security" and make the most of it "through pretexting", pretending to have authority to access protected records. The petition also goes forth to suggest the rot within the telephone companies, of staff who use the knowledge of personal information to decipher a subscriber's online telephone account code to access or misuse the account. Precedent to the petition was an EPIC complaint filed against Intelligent e-Commerce Inc. last year, over its illegal trade in telephone subscriber's personal information.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Screenshots and Screencasts

Android Leftovers

GCC 4.9.2 vs. GCC 5 Benchmarks On An Intel Xeon Haswell

For those craving some more GCC 5 compiler benchmark numbers following last week's release of GCC 5.1, here's some new comparison numbers between GCC 4.9.2 stable and the near-final release candidate of GCC 5.1. Pardon for this light article due to still finishing up work on migrating to the new Phoronix web server while separately working to take care of thermal issues coming about in the new Linux benchmarking server room. Read more

First impressions of Ubuntu 15.04

Canonical's Ubuntu operating system is probably the most widely used Linux distribution in the world. Ubuntu is made available in several editions, including desktop builds, server builds and there is a branch of Ubuntu for mobile phones. Ubuntu provides installation images for the x86, ARM and Power PC architectures, allowing the distribution to run on a wide variety of hardware. The most recent release of Ubuntu, version 15.04, includes a fairly short list of changes compared to last year's Ubuntu 14.10, however some of the changes are significant. Some small changes include an upgrade of the kernel to Linux 3.19 and placing application menus inside the application window by default. A potentially larger change is the switch from Canonical's Upstart init software to systemd. Read more