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February 5, 2020

When Your Used Car is a Little Too ‘Mobile’

This post was originally published on this siteMany modern vehicles let owners use the Internet or a mobile device to control the car’s locks, track location and performance data, and start the engine. But who exactly owns that control is not always clear when these smart cars are sold or leased anew. Here’s the story of one former electric vehicle owner who discovered he could still gain remote, online access to his old automobile years after his lease ended. Mathew Marulla began leasing a Ford Focus electric vehicle in 2013, but turned the car back in to Ford at the end […]
October 1, 2021

FCC Proposal Targets SIM Swapping, Port-Out Fraud

This post was originally published on this siteThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for feedback on new proposed rules to crack down on SIM swapping and number port-out fraud, increasingly prevalent scams in which identity thieves hijack a target’s mobile phone number and use that to wrest control over the victim’s online identity. In a long-overdue notice issued Sept. 30, the FCC said it plans to move quickly on requiring the mobile companies to adopt more secure methods of authenticating customers before redirecting their phone number to a new device or carrier. “We have received numerous complaints from […]