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WARNING: Telstra Resetting Modems To Default Login

UPDATE AUGUST 3, 2022, 1930 HRS

Well, I’m told it’s a Telstra issue, not a cybersecurity issue. Which it is, technically, but Telstra should not being doing this. Their fix was to perform a reset on the modem and if it happens again, a new modem comes my way.

The issue: it’s not the damn modem causing the problem. It’s Telstra.


ADVICE: Telstra users: CHANGE YOUR MODEM LOGIN PASSWORD. Usually connect to your home network and go to 10.0.0.138 (in a browser) or 192.168.1.1, and go from there. Don’t let Telstra’s default stick around, don’t let them reset it to default for god knows what reason.


POSTED LATE AUGUST 2, 2022:

It’s late, I’m tired, but couldn’t get the modem to work – or it would, but I couldn’t log into it without using an ethernet cable.

Turns out they had reset a bunch of settings, and worst by far, the modem configuration password back to the default – accessible from anywhere on the internet.

Telstra F@ST 5355 NBN Modem affected at least – others are simple to crack. Even without logging in, they can be rebooted, shut down, and give out your phone number.

Posting because Telstra have to pick up their damn game.

Admin username: REDACTED FOR SECURITY REASONS

Admin password: REDACTED FOR SECURITY REASONS

WARNING: Personals & Dating Sites

It’s come to attention that classifieds sites, personals, dating, and escort sites Australia-wide have been up to some mischief as of late (actually, for years.) This applies to advertisers, and people seeking company on those sites.

Sites in question (some):

  • locanto.com.au (scammers, criminal groups robbing men and women, fraudsters)
  • escortsandbabes.com.au (leaking personal sign up phone numbers to other sites)
  • secrethostess.com (scraping and reposting from other sites, often with personal contact info and incorrect info)
  • scarletamour.com (as above)
  • aussietopescorts.com (as above)
  • naughtyads.com.au (as above)
  • redescorts.com (as above)

Advice:

  • DO NOT sign up with your personal phone number at ANY stage. Use a burner phone
  • Watermark photos (subtle enough to not be seen by the naked eye) and remove all EXIF metadata
  • ^^^ There are services we provide.

Should your details be leaked, shared without permission, or image reposted – well, the sites are behind more than just leaking details, people on them are operating in criminal groups (as defined by the NSW Crimes Act 1900 No. 40) to rob both men and women. In Wollongong alone, there have been armed robberies, assaults, wire fraud, alleged kidnappings, and more. No further comment on those matters can be given.

At this point, things are just getting started, but we are aware of this, and so far, some money has been recovered, the sites themselves may put in a token effort to take down an ad, but the sites themselves should worry more about their poor security. Most seem to be affiliated and run from a similar web server, as loosely shown by the image below:

sexmap1

What We Do

Special Technology Services – ABN 23 261 865 109. Based in Wollongong, NSW.

Check the SERVICES page so far…

Buying Viagra On Facebook? Companies Like “Pilot”?

pilot-ad-teaser

So how do they get away with it? I wanted to know – so I put down the $20 deposit and found out.

Conversations, details, that’s coming. But the upshot:

$5.75 per pill from Pilot vs $1.67 per pill from Chemist’s Warehouse (pack of 12 generic 100mg sildenafil citrate tablets.)

These drugs are Schedule 4 (Prescription Only Medication – click here for more info.) Your assessment is an online quiz. At no point do you chat with, digitally or verbally. The takeaway: YOU CAN LIE. They can’t tell, they don’t care. They want money. It’s doctor shopping. Dangerously high blood pressure? Just lie.

Other medications? You can just lie. Under 18? Use your fathers drivers license number + Medicare. ID check = complete. Foolproof, utterly (sarcasm, guys.)

You pay $69.00 AUD for a prescription you do not get yourself, and are sent generic sildenafil citrate tablets (Viagra), 12x 100mg tablets. It costs $20.00 AUD at Chemist’s Warehouse for generics. Pilot tells me it’s because telehealth is not subsidised by the government. Your prescription (that they have) has 5 repeats. Each repeat costs the same $69.00, reasoning being you can consult with your doctor at any time (that last part is my guess.)

Basically, they’re milking you for money.

Imagine if they did this for other S4 drugs – diazepam, lorazepam, clonazepam – that class of drug (benzodiazepines) along with alcohol are the only drugs that can cause death from withdrawal.

Viagra itself, from Pfizer, originally cost around $65.00 AUD for a box of 4x 100mg tablets. Then they failed to hold onto the patent, allowing in generic versions. Viagra was moneymaker. And the guy who created it? Well, he wasn’t on the patent. No royalties. All he was trying to do was create a drug to treat heart disease.

Also, I find it amusing the amount of tracking they like to do of you across the internet (click to see below):

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Youtube Now Requires Australians To Use ID For Some Videos

It’s happened.

google-dob

It seems if your account is not tied to a phone number, as the one above I was using was (phone numbers requiring government ID to activate the SIM card) Google will censor content more strongly.

What if I don’t want my history tied to my identity? Every last thing. Nasty hit to privacy.

Don’t SMS People Telling Them About The Crimes You Are Committing

This is a pet hate of mine. I get an SMS. Somebody is asking me something, and it involves them admitting to committing a crime (hypothetically.)

Example: The idiot who texted me asking if I could help them cook crystal methylamphetamine (knowing I have studied chemistry.)

What has that idiot done? First, they just stated that they are intending to commit an offence and are asking me to commit an offence violating the NSW Drug Misuse And Trafficking Act 1985 No. 26, section 19:

Aiding, abetting etc commission of offence in New South Wales

(1) A person who aids, abets, counsels, procures, solicits or incites the commission of an offence under this Division is guilty of an offence and liable to the same punishment, pecuniary penalties and forfeiture as the person would be if the person had committed the firstmentioned offence.

Secondly, SMS metadata is retained on all Australians for two years by law. Thirdly, it would be easy to subpoena the contents of SMS messages as the message alone is at least reasonable suspicion, if not probable cause (circumstances dependent.)

How to communicate safely if something that could be taken the wrong way needs to be discussed?

Read on:

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