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Pakistani Man Bribed AT&T Insiders to Plant Malware and Unlock 2 Million Phones

Pakistani Man Bribed AT&T Insiders to Plant Malware and Unlock 2 Million Phones
Aug 06, 2019
United States federal government has charged a Pakistani national for bribing employees at AT&T telecommunication company over a period of five years to help unlock more than 2 million phones and plant malware on the company's network. Muhammad Fahd, a 34-year-old man from Pakistan, was arrested in Hong Kong last year in February at the request of the U.S. government and just extradited to the U.S. on Friday, August 2, 2019. According to an indictment unsealed Monday, Fahd recruited and paid AT&T insiders working at a call center in Bothell, Washington, more than $1 million in bribes between 2012 and 2017 to help them unlock cell phones associated with specified IMEI numbers that otherwise were not eligible to be removed from AT&T's network. Some telecommunication companies, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, sell flagship phones at discounted prices, but it comes with locked SIMs that prevent users from switching their network service for any

Hurray! Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Officially Legal Again

Hurray! Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Officially Legal Again
Aug 02, 2014
President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Friday that aims to make it legal for consumers to "unlock" their cell phones in order to change their cell phone service providers without paying for a new phone. The bill is known as the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act , which orders the U.S. Library of Congress (LoC) to allow cell phone owners to " unlock " their devices – typically " locked ," to a specific service provider like AT&T or Verizon – for its use on other networks without the permission of their service provider. " As long as their phone is compatible and they have complied with their contracts, consumers will now be able to enjoy the freedom of taking their mobile service - and a phone they already own - to the carrier that best fits their needs, " the White House said in a statement . UNLOCKING Vs. JAILBREAKING Unlocking means the device can only access the network of a particular telecomm, like AT&T or Veriz

SaaS Compliance through the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

SaaS Compliance through the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
Feb 20, 2024Cybersecurity Framework / SaaS Security
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework is one of the world's most important guidelines for securing networks. It can be applied to any number of applications, including SaaS.  One of the challenges facing those tasked with securing SaaS applications is the different settings found in each application. It makes it difficult to develop a configuration policy that will apply to an HR app that manages employees, a marketing app that manages content, and an R&D app that manages software versions, all while aligning with NIST compliance standards.  However, there are several settings that can be applied to nearly every app in the SaaS stack. In this article, we'll explore some universal configurations, explain why they are important, and guide you in setting them in a way that improves your SaaS apps' security posture.  Start with Admins Role-based access control (RBAC) is a key to NIST adherence and should be applied to every SaaS a
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