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big telecom

In Letters To Senate, Wireless Carriers Downplay Their Latest Location Data Scandal

Carriers insist location data scams are rare and they do their best to police them. Government investigators may want to confirm that claim.
Karl Bode
4.18.19
big telecom

The Unpopular Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Looks Increasingly Doomed

Regulators aren’t sold on the companies’ claims that fewer competitors means more competition and lower prices.
Karl Bode
4.17.19
privacy

What A-GPS Data Is (and Why Wireless Carriers Most Definitely Shouldn’t Be Selling It)

A Motherboard investigation found that telecom companies are selling their customers' "assisted GPS" data, which is intended for first responders answering 911 calls.
Karl Bode
2.7.19
SURVEILLANCE

Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

After AT&T and T-Mobile said they would stop selling their customers’ phone location data to third parties, Sprint followed suit. A Motherboard investigation found all three telcos selling data that ultimately ended up in the hands of bounty hunters.
Joseph Cox
1.16.19
SURVEILLANCE

AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

After Motherboard found that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are selling their customers' phone location data ultimately to bounty hunters, AT&T has decided to stop service for all location aggregators, an essential part of the data supply chain.
Joseph Cox
1.10.19
SIM Hijacking

SIM Swapping Victims Who Lost Millions Are Pressuring Telcos to Protect Their Customers

A small group of victims of SIM swapping hacks is trying to raise awareness, teach people about the scam, and put pressure on cell phone providers to step up their efforts against cybercriminals.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.8.19
FCC

The FCC Is Investigating Cell Carriers' Wireless Coverage Maps

Smaller companies say big carrier wireless claims of uninterrupted, nationwide coverage are a “sham.”
Karl Bode
12.12.18
net neutrality

Researchers Believe Sprint Is Throttling Skype Without Telling Consumers

Sprint denies the claims but the researchers have run nearly 2,000 tests since the beginning of the year.
Karl Bode
11.9.18
Hacking

The Cybersecurity World Is Debating WTF Is Going on With Bloomberg’s Chinese Microchip Stories

No one is really sure who to believe after Businessweek's bombshell story on an alleged Chinese supply chain attack against Apple, Amazon, and others.
Jason Koebler
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.9.18
Port Out Scam

How Criminals Recruit Telecom Employees to Help Them Hijack SIM Cards

Sources who work for some of America’s major cellphone carriers tell us how criminals are trying to recruit them to help find new targets.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.3.18
Motherboard

The SIM Hijackers

Meet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victims' weakness? Phone numbers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.17.18
big telecom

T-Mobile CEO Tells Congress That Reducing Competition Will Increase Competition

T-Mobile and Sprint are trying to merge, which would make three major cell phone providers instead of four.
Karl Bode
6.29.18
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