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‘I Lived a Nightmare:’ SIM Hijacking Victims Share Their Stories

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai writes in Motherboard:

Last year, hackers found a bug that allowed them to access some personal information on any T-Mobile customer. The bug was so well known in the criminal underground that someone made a tutorial on how to exploit it on YouTube.

The bug itself didn’t expose anything too sensitive. No passwords, social security numbers, or credit card data was exposed. But it did expose customers’ email addresses, their billing account numbers, and the phone’s IMSI numbers, standardized unique number that identifies subscribers. Just by knowing (or guessing) customer’s phone numbers, hackers could get their target’s data.

Read more: The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

Once they had that, they could impersonate them with T-Mobile’s customer support staff and steal their phone numbers. This is how it works: a criminal calls T-Mobile, pretends to be you, convinces the customer rep to issue a new SIM card for your number, the criminal activates it, and they take control of your number. . . .

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At the link: a video on how to protect yourself.

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13 February 2018 at 12:57 pm

FBI director contradicts White House on Porter investigation

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The default response of the White House is to lie, so far as I can tell. Erica Pandey reports in Axios:

FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a congressional hearing Tuesday that the Bureau’s file on Rob Porter was closed in January, contradicting Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah’s statement last week that the background investigation of Rob Porter was still “ongoing.” This is a damaging timeline for the White House, which still can’t get its story straight on the Porter exit, Axios’ Jonathan Swan notes.

The details: Wray said the FBI gave the White House Porter’s interim security clearance in March, submitted a completed report in July, and then fully closed the investigation in January.

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13 February 2018 at 8:49 am

Law-enforcement links

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Some of the links from Radley Balko’s column this morning in the Washington Post:

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13 February 2018 at 8:46 am

Rooney Victorian, Tallow + Steel Grog, and the iKon 102

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I read that Tallow + Steel has a new formula for its soap, but I’m resisting the temptation to buy. I assume it’s an improvement on this formula—artisans normally reformulate to improve the soap, corporations to reduce the cost of production (and thus increase profit)—but the one I have is already excellent in all regards, including the fragrance.

“Grog,” of course, is the word for the British Naval drink of watered rum. The name derives from “grogram” (a coarse fabric made of silk, often combined with mohair or wool and stiffened with gum), not a natural connection. But Admiral Vernon (1684–1757) of the British Navy, known as “Old Grog” because of the grogram cloak he wore, in 1740 first ordered diluted (instead of neat) rum to be served out to sailors—thus, “grog” became the name of the beverage.

My Rooney Victorian made a fine lather, and I returned with somewhat of a sense of relief to my reliable 102, which would be my desert-island razor. I tried lightening up the pressure more, after reading Michael’s comment to yesterday’s post, and it did a very nice job indeed: smooth and trouble-free result.

A splash of Grog aftershave, and I’m ready for the day.

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13 February 2018 at 8:39 am

Posted in Drinks, Shaving

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