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Breath Like a Nabooan

September 17, 2006

HP like OJ

September 16, 2006

Pretexting and Washington

September 16, 2006

HP executives will be testifying in Washington over the pretexting debacle. Now there is more recent news: The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters Friday requesting that HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and General Counsel Ann Baskins appear at a Sept. 28 subcommittee hearing.

But pretexting has been around for ages. Why now? Why the investigation?

Pretexting – The Good, Bad and Ugly

September 11, 2006

In recent days pretexting has become a mainstream term in newspapers and blogs around the world. Admittedly pretexting is a term that most people are not familiar with and most are shocked when they learn what it is. Pretexting is pretending to be someone else and obtaining personal information about that person under the pretext of being them. What most people don’t realize is how easy it is to get a hold of information like phone records with a person’s phone number and last four digits of their social security number.

The reason pretexting has been in the news so often lately is that Hewlett Packard used this technique to obtain phone records of journalists and board members in an effort to determine the source of leaks of confidential information to the press.

You may recall that Carly Fiorina had dealt with the problems of leaks to the press years ago and obviously things haven’t changed at HP and leaks continue to plague management.

In order to get to the bottom of the leaks HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn ordered an investigation into the leaks and in doing so hired at least one outside firm to find out who was responsible letting confidential information out.





Speaking at ITEXPO Ft. Lauderdale 2007

September 11, 2006

More on Pretexting

September 8, 2006

This Education Will Be Computerized

September 8, 2006

I remember my days at the University of Connecticut where we learned about the latest in technology in buildings that were fit for prisoners. That may be a bit harsh but before I left a new engineering was built – UTEB for United technologies Engineering Building. It was amazing equipped with state of the art SUN workstations instead of a decades old mainframe. It even had air conditioning – which was a big step up from most of the other buildings I had classes in.

By the way -- the UCONN campus is beautiful now – it looks like a country club compared to what us old-timers saw.

But even UCONN can’t hold a candle to the school of the future – 750 lucky Philadelphia students are able to take advantage of a state of the art facility with a MERU Networks wireless LAN and even self-flushing toilets.

Microsoft partnered with the 278 school District of Philadelphia to make this a reality.





Busy Day

September 8, 2006


It has been a pretty hectic day with meetings and everything else going on around TMC. Don't get me wrong --I am having a fun time -- I just didn't get a chance to finish up any thoughts -- at least not to the point where I would have something bloggable or article-worthy.

So I thought instead I would link you to articles of interest I have seen today. Some are IP communications related and some are not. Enjoy:

To start off with you should read Tracey Schelmetic's Vishing, Phishing And Wishing Scammers Would Be Crushed By Meteors which is educational and funny.




Microsoft Patents

September 7, 2006

Pretexting

September 7, 2006

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