Drown Attacks Leave Websites Vulnerable

Popular websites from across the globe have been warned that they could be exposed to the “Drown attacks” that disable encryption protections. Experts say that about a third of all computer servers using the HTTPS protocol are at risk. This means that passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information could be stolen. The researchers from Google and universities in Israel, Germany and the United States who discovered this vulnerability have released a tool that identifies which websites could be under attack. However, it will take time for many of the administrators to protect their systems. While these researchers who

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ISPs Won’t Get Chance to Offer Discounted Wireless

A recent Canadian Radio-television Commission (CRTC) ruling likely means high cellphone bills are here to stay in Canada. Last week, the CRTC ruled against a coalition of small ISPs interested in offering steeply discounted wireless services. The ISPs – known as the Canadian Network Operators Consortium – hoped to rent the networks of the big Canadian telcos, allowing them to offer alternative, inexpensive services. However, the CRTC says such a move wouldn’t be fair to the companies that have invested in their own networks, such as Bell, Rogers and Telus. One thing is clear: it’s unlikely Canadians will benefit from

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Hackers Attempt to Rip-Off Hospital

Who says fax is a thing of the past? It’s what staff at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center is using to communicate after hackers took control of its computer systems over a week ago. The cyber crooks have demanded $3.6 million in Bitcoin to restore the hospital’s access to its email system and confidential patient records. Both the LA Police Department and FBI have stepped in to help, but until the perpetrators can be found, the hospital is unable to access or share diagnostic test results or patient history. Everything is now being charted on paper and the majority of patients

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Huge Bill for Cell Sold Online

Smartphones are expensive and it’s not unusual for someone to try to get back a few bucks by selling their old phone online. But one Canadian woman has learned an important lesson after receiving a bill for over $45,000 for a phone she no longer owned. Kelly Arsenault opened a business account with Telus several years ago and when her three-year contract was up, she posted the phone on Craigslist and promptly sold it. She thought the account had been closed. So imagine her surprise when she opened the outrageous bill. Turns out, as far as Telus was concerned, the

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Netflix to Deport Canadians from U.S. Site

Plenty of Canadians and other internationals use proxy sites to stream the American version of Netflix, allowing them to access a wider variety of content. But the activity could soon come to an end, with Netflix vowing to crack down on the behaviour. Since Netflix’s negotiations with the content providers are made on a regional basis, using a different country’s site goes against the policies of the video-streaming giant. Netflix in the United States has twice the content as its Canadian counterpart, with more Hollywood titles and popular network television series. This is appealing to Canadian consumers, no doubt. Netflix’s

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A $17,000 Data Roaming Bill

Despite years of warnings, people continue to fall victim to outrageous charges for international data roaming. The Domzalski family was one of them. During a family trip from Illinois to Toronto, Canada, Mike Domzalski had his son occupy himself in the back seat with his iPad. His son was able to stream video to his heart’s content tethered to Domzalski’s work phone. According to the family, the iPad dropped its signal and the screen went blank while crossing the bridge into Canada. He never thought twice about it until the IT department at work passed along the $17,465 bill for

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Programmer Fights Comcast Data Ripoff

You need to chose your battles and Comcast picked the wrong guy to take on in a fight against false data overages. According to Ars Technica – which has the lockdown on telecom scam stories, these days – a computer programmer named Oleg (last name withheld) started receiving notices from Comcast that he was eating through his data allowance. This didn’t make sense to Oleg, as he was out of town when the overages started. Being a computer guy, Oleg checked out his traffic logs and surprise, surprise – they didn’t match Comcast’s records. “Metering an empty house, they warned

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Police Victims of Huge Phone Billing Error

The North Wales Police Service is in the news this week and taxpayers are up in arms after the force paid tons of cash for mobile phone service it hadn’t used for years. Many seem shocked a phone billing error like this could happen. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ocean, I’m only barely surprised. Wait, I’m not surprised at all. All in all, the cops are in the hole for over $840,000 USD for the unused service, which went on for two years before it was spotted. The BBC reports the force has been in touch with the

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Schooley Mitchell Lawsuit Watch: Verizon’s Big Tax Bill

In this week’s Schooley Mitchell lawsuit watch we take a look at a case that Verizon recently lost in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, forcing the telco to pay taxes on fees collected for installing phone lines, performing repairs and providing directory assistance. According to the Daily Journal, the issue started 11 years ago when the Department of Revenue delivered Verizon a bill for an additional $48 million in taxes. The amount was lowered by its board of appeals to just $10 million. A subsequent ruling in 2013 by the Commonwealth Court put Verizon on the hook for revenues associated with

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Rogers Fined for Violating Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Rogers is the latest company to be nailed for violating Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) for issues surrounding its email unsubscribe mechanism. According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), emails sent by Rogers during a one-year period starting July 2014 – the same month CASL came into effect – had a faulty unsubscribe mechanism. “During this period, the company allegedly sent commercial emails containing an unsubscribe mechanism that did not function properly or which could not be readily performed by the recipient,” states a CRTC press release. “In addition, in some instances, the electronic address used to unsubscribe was

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