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Russia fines text hack spammer

In briefA Russian teenager has been fined 3,000 roubles ($103) after being convicted of spamming 15,000 mobile phones. The university student hacked into a mobile phone network before sending a text message, according to an Interfax news agency report by way of Reuters. As well as being fined, the unnamed student, was also slapped with a one-year suspended sentence. Russian officials said this was the first time a spammer had been prosecuted successfully. ®
25 Jun 16:07 |
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Outed: Skype project to dial real phone numbers

I just spent nearly ten minutes on the phone to Paris, at a cost of about 10 pence. Using Skype, dialling a Paris landline number, that is. Any Skype user will tell you, you can't do that. You can only dial other Skype users. Well, not any more. OK, so it wasn't that secret: Niklas Zennstrom announced his plans for SkypeOut, which makes this possible, at VON Europe a couple of weeks back. But it wasn't released with much ballyhoo: so it is a surprise to find that if you download the latest version of Skype today, you'll get an extra feature on your screen; beta SkypeOut is there, and it works.
25 Jun 16:26 |

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