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Clampers have to clock off as hour change crashes system
DST strikes again:

The failure of the ParkbyText system, operated by National Controlled Parking Systems (NCPS), was described by one employee contacted by a midlands motorist unable to pay for his parking at a train station as a “Y2K moment”. The system failure caused early morning panic for thousands of drivers who tried unsuccessfully to use text messages or an app to pay for their parking ahead of returning to work after the bank holiday weekend.


Impact was that they had to stop enforcement until the day passed, I think.
parkbytext  sms  parking  ireland  ncps  dst  fail  bugs 
march 2016 by jm
Chinese scammers are now using Stingray tech to SMS-phish
A Stingray-style false GSM base station, hidden in a backpack; presumably they detect numbers in the vicinity, and SMS-spam those numbers with phishing messages. Reportedly the scammers used this trick in "Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and other densely populated cities".

Dodgy machine translation:
March 26, Zhengzhou police telecommunications fraud cases together, for the first time seized a small backpack can hide pseudo station equipment, and arrested two suspects. Yesterday, the police informed of this case, to remind the general public to pay attention to prevention.

“I am the landlord, I changed number, please rent my wife hit the bank card, card number ×××, username ××.” Recently, Jiefang Road, Zhengzhou City Public Security Bureau police station received a number of cases for investigation brigade area of ​​the masses police said, frequently received similar phone scam messages. Alarm, the police investigators to determine: the suspect may be in the vicinity of twenty-seven square, large-scale use of mobile pseudo-base release fraudulent information. [...]

Yesterday afternoon, the Jiefang Road police station, the reporter saw the portable pseudo-base is made up of two batteries, a set-top box the size of the antenna box and a chassis, as well as a pocket computer composed together at most 5 kg.


(via t byfield and Danny O'Brien)
via:mala  via:tbyfield  privacy  scams  phishing  sms  gsm  stingray  base-stations  mobile  china 
august 2015 by jm
Texting at the wheel kills more US teenagers every year than drink-driving
Texting while behind the wheel has overtaken drink driving as the biggest cause of death among teenagers in America. More than 3,000 teenagers are killed every year in car crashes caused by texting while driving compared to 2,700 from drink driving. The study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center also discovered that 50 per cent of students admit to texting while driving.
texting  sms  us  driving  car-safety  safety  drink-driving 
april 2015 by jm
17 Things Everyone Must Eat In Dublin
actually a fairly sane list of lunchy options -- the SMS fish finger butty is a lunch staple for us Swrvers
dublin  lunch  food  sms  eating  restaurants  buzzfeed 
march 2015 by jm
UK's ICO spam regulator even more toothless now
We appealed this decision, but on June 2014 the Upper Tribunal agreed with the First-tier Tribunal, cancelling our monetary penalty notice against Niebel and McNeish, and largely rendering our power to issue fines for breaches of PECR involving spam texts redundant.


This is pretty terrible. The UK appears to have the weakest anti-spam regime in Europe due to the lack of powers given to ICO.
ico  anti-spam  uk  law  regulation  spam  sms 
september 2014 by jm
SI336 - current Irish anti-spam law
"European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011". Spam is covered under 13.1, "Unsolicited communications", on page 16 of this PDF
spam  anti-spam  law  ireland  eu  ec  sms  email  si336  privacy  regulation 
september 2014 by jm
Irish Water Data Protection Notice: A review…
Tried and came up wanting. Particularly notable for its illegal "Marketing" section, which attempts to evade opt-in-required anti-spam law with a "consent landgrab" on SMS and email
irish-water  law  dpc  data-protection  privacy  spam  opt-in  si336  sms  email  ireland 
september 2014 by jm
Stuck in the iMessage abyss? Here’s how to get your texts back
some potential (apocryphal) workarounds for this extremely annoying Apple bug
apple  bugs  imessage  sms  phones  mobile  android  hacks 
may 2014 by jm
iMessage purgatory
Oh Apple, you asshats. This is some seriously shitty programming. iMessage on iOS devices caches the "iMessage-capable" flag for all numbers, indefinitely, so if you switch from iPhone to Android, messages from your friends' iPhones won't get delivered to you henceforth -- and to add insult to injury, it claims they do with a "Delivered." status appearing under the message. This is happening to me right now...
apple  sms  messaging  phones  mobile  imessage  android  fail  bad-programming  bugs 
may 2014 by jm
Ukrainian government targeting protesters using threatening SMS messages
The government’s opponents said three recent actions had been intended to incite the more radical protesters and sow doubt in the minds of moderates: the passing of laws last week circumscribing the right of public assembly, the blocking of a protest march past the Parliament building on Sunday, and the sending of cellphone messages on Tuesday to people standing in the vicinity of the fighting that said, “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” [....]

The phrasing of the message, about participating in a “mass disturbance,” echoed language in a new law making it a crime to participate in a protest deemed violent. The law took effect on Tuesday. And protesters were concerned that the government seemed to be using cutting-edge technology from the advertising industry to pinpoint people for political profiling.

Three cellphone companies in Ukraine — Kyivstar, MTS and Life — denied that they had provided the location data to the government or had sent the text messages, the newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda reported. Kyivstar suggested that it was instead the work of a “pirate” cellphone tower set up in the area.
targeting  mobile-phones  sms  text-messaging  via:tjmcintyre  geotargeting  protest  ukraine  privacy  surveillance  tech  1984 
january 2014 by jm
Rooting SIM cards
the details of Karsten Nohl's attack against SIM cards, allowing remote-root malware via SMS.
Cracking SIM update keys: [Over The Air] commands, such as software updates, are cryptographically-secured SMS messages, which are delivered directly to the SIM. While the option exists to use state-of-the-art AES or the somewhat outdated 3DES algorithm for OTA, many (if not most) SIM cards still rely on the 70s-era DES cipher. [...] To derive a DES OTA key, an attacker starts by sending a binary SMS to a target device. The SIM does not execute the improperly signed OTA command, but does in many cases respond to the attacker with an error code carrying a cryptographic signature, once again sent over binary SMS. A rainbow table resolves this plaintext-signature tuple to a 56-bit DES key within two minutes on a standard computer.


2 minutes. Sic transit gloria DES. The next step after that is to send a signed request to run a Java applet, then exploit a hole in the JVM sandbox, and the SIM card is rooted.

Looking forward to the full paper on July 31st...
des  3des  crypto  security  sms  sim-cards  smartcards  java  applets  ota  rainbow-tables  cracking  karsten-nohl 
july 2013 by jm
Storage Infrastructure Behind Facebook Messages
HBase and Haystack; all data LZO-compressed; very interesting approach to testing -- they 'shadow the real production workload into the test cluster to test before going into production'. This catches a 'high percentage' of issues before production. nice
testing  shadowing  haystack  hbase  facebook  scalability  lzo  messaging  sms  via:james-hamilton 
october 2011 by jm
Monitor anything and get free notifications on your iPhone - amix.dk
using notifo.com, which has an app in the App Store allowing anyone to send push notifications via their web site. I can see lots of uses for this, not least to evade SMS fees ;)
notification  push  sms  iphone  notifo  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
Ag Tweet: Paying Customers
pay EUR3 per month to receive Twitter @replies to your SMS mobile in Ireland -- a good niche
twitter  agtweet  ireland  mobiles  sms  text  revenue  from delicious
september 2009 by jm
Irish law regarding unsolicited SMS messages
what is the law, and how to make a complaint against an Irish company, via Donncha
via:donncha  law  ireland  sms  texting  spam  unsolicited  bulk  texts 
july 2009 by jm

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