July 14, 2013
Has your cell phone been hacked?

Perhaps it’s time to reassess that risk. Two somewhat chilling threats have popped up in recent weeks, and the bad news is that there are few precautions you can take to avoid them. Traditional anti-malware software isn’t likely to be effective. Government has legal right to snoop cell phones Fake cellphone towers. Like a page ripped from a high-tech thriller, bogus cell phone towers are actually appearing in the wild. They’re also alarmingly cheap — assembled in Eastern Europe and available for sale to criminals, these towers cost just $1,500 or so and allow the operator to take control of the phones that use them and download data from a device. According to The Street , such towers are already in use by law enforcement and government entities, and likely in the hands of criminals as well. Officially sanctioned malware. The most alarming aspect of this hack is that it’s not exactly a hack. Carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have http://towerleases.com/factors-determining-cell-phone-tower-lease-rates/ the ability to push software patches down to handsets. There’s nothing dangerous or surprising about that.
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Fire Damages Cell Tower, Kills Two Ospreys

None Flames were visible to highway traffic, and smoke continued to come from the top of the tower throughout theday. The fire spread from the tower to a grassy area at itsbase. Capt. Joe Terleski from the Salem Fire Department said firefighters found two dead ospreys near the tower. The fire might have been caused by birds pecking at wires inside the tower, he said. The fire also destroyed the ospreynest. According to an official for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the birds should be delivered to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the only agency that can dispose ofthem. A few firefighters remained on scene with a grass rig well into the afternoon as smoke continued to come out of the tower. According to assistant general manager Terry Kelly, Salem Electric dispatched a crew that disconnected power from the tower so fire crews could work around itsafely. The tower is owned by Crown Castle International Corporation, which owns, operates and leases towers.
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