Six people in area code 414, Wisconsin, were arrested forcredit card fraud. The World ofCryton
was taken down asa result, but was reportedly not the target of the investigation,which
being continued by the Secret Service in several cities.The Wizard, Phoenix, and many other phone
among those were were implicated in the investigation.
Police Hacker Cleared
A preliminary investigation by the San Franciso PoliceCommission has cleared the police department
wrongdoingin the recent controversy over a breach in computer security.No evidence had been uncovered to substantiate charges thata police lieutenant used a specially designed menu to gain accessto Public Defender Jeff Brown's confidential files, which arestored in a shared computer system in the city's Hall
Justicebuilding.Although the lieutenant admitted that
usually granted only to system administrators to conductan internal police probe, he has denied allegations that he readconfidential
stored by other agencies.
a result of the police department's actions, a publicdefender
asked a San Francisco court to dismiss murdercharges filed against one man, saying that the security breachhad violated his right to attorney<lient confidence. The judgeruled against the defense's motion.
Soon to be published
a directory that lists more than 2,500
Incredible Dial-a-Message Directory,
the familar and unfamiliar recorded messagesaround the country. "I went through 2,500 phone books," saysMark
Guncheon, the book's author and no stranger
threedigit phone bills. The book includes such numbers as Dial-anAvalanche 9073376742, The Sleep Line 206258279 I
The two Montgomery, N.J. teenagers who
promised apresidential phone call as their prize for winning a nationalessay contest have been
on hold indefinitely, a White Housespokesman said. Donna Woodwell and Kate Baicker, both
have been waiting four months for President Reagan's phonecall, which they were promised as their reward for submittingthe winning essay and illustration in a contest sponsored byCurrent Events magazine. Connie Mackey, the White House's
she never wascontacted by the publishingcompany and doubts whether theyhad arranged for the presidential call.The editor
the publication said the kids may get a trip toWashington, D.C. Their winning essay and illustration was one
entries in the contest, which was open tostudents in fourth through 12th grade. The entry, which urgedthe Reagan Administration
strive for nuclear disarmamentwas written by Baiker and illustrated by Woodwell.
MCI goes to U.K.
MCI Communications Corp. said
inaugurated longdistance telephone service to the United Kingdom. increasing
overseas locations MCI serves. The
of the international long-distancetelephone market
totals $6 billion
spokesman for the telecommunications company said. MCIexpects to reach
the international market
the end ofthis year.
small businesses in
Jersey are being targetedby telephone solicitors who are duping them into buyingadvertisements that never appear in the Yellow Pages. The"Yellow Pages" scam
operated, out-of-state operationthat floods areas with invoices for Yellow Page advertising.Unfortunately, the advertising
not for the directory publishedand distributed
Businessmen are reportedlygetting invoices from a company that uses the "fingers do thewalking" logo instead
the pretty Bell logo according toMonmouth County Consumer Affairs Director Sally Mollica.
Atlanta based discount long-distancetelephone service, has uncovered a group
computer crackerswho ran up
least $12,000 in illegal calls in
company officials, no one has been charged. butthe FBI
investigating the case and could bring state andfederal charges. The crackers were caught when investigatorsallowed a stolen access code
be posted on a Cocoa Beach,Florida, bulletin board,
remain valid, and to be traced. Thebogus calls were traced
several homes in Brevard County,Florida.
Carrier Choosing Time
Atlantic telephone companies
six states and theDistrict
Columbia will begin using ballots at the end
make it simpler for customers to sign up for easy accesslong-distance dialing. Equal access, as the system
the AT&T breakup.
gives all longdistance companies equal access
customers by allowingcallers to reach their long-distance company by dialing
instead of a multi-digit access code. Customers
balloting gives companies a better chance to get
Enthusiastically describing ongoing projects, Robert
Lucky, executive director
research for communicationssciences, mentioned
Labs researchers were working ona "ballistic transistor" that switches
the incredible speed
femoseconds (I quadrillionth
sooner were thewords out then he caught himself.
guess 1 shouldn't havementioned that," he said half-jokingly
two public relationspeople in the back
the small conn "ence room.