Monday, June 26, 2006

JSI Telecom US Patents

JSI Telecon J1066 Dial-Up Slave System Users Manual, Undated (Unit Appeared in the Marketplace about May, 1987).

JSI Telecom J1033C Dialed Number Recorder Users Manual, Undated (Unit Appeared in the Marketplace about Feb., 1987).

RCMP - Disclosure of Contracts Over $10,000 with ... JSI Telecom

Contract # 7071760
date: 2004-05-17
code: 1227
description: Computer equipment - small - desktop / personal /
Amount: $14,140.00

JSI Telecom Contract with City of Montreal

a octroyé un contrat, au montant de 1 848 294 $, plus les taxes applicables, à la compagnie JSI Telecom pour la fourniture d’un nouveau système d’enregistrement d’écoute électronique au Service de police de la Ville de Montréal.

JSI Telecom for Mexican Mafia

Christopher Brandon is a Detective in the Major Crimes Bureau Career Offender Section for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, currently assigned to a multi-jurisdictional Mexican Mafia task force. This task force consists of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the California Department of Corrections Special Services Unit. Detective Brandon has worked on Investigations and prosecuting prison gang members under the Federal Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, surveillance, cultivating informants, and testifying as an expert witness in state and federal court. Detective Brandon worked on the Operation Hard Candy Wire Tap Surveillance task force which targeted the Mexican Mafia and its affiliates. He was the wire room manager which involved supervising wire room monitors, examining and categorizing pertinent calls, disseminating information, and Cataloging and booking evidentiary tapes. Additionally, also examined and approved wire room logs, recorded tapes and pertinent information completed by the wire room monitors. As a wire room montior, operated twin monitoring stations equipped with Tascam cassette recorders and Mytel and JSI Telecom dial numbered recorders, monitored tapped phone lines for pertinent information, kept written wire log of worked performed, logged and prepared completed tapes, and wrote reports on captured criminal intelligence. Detective Brandon has also prepared cases for prosecution which included Interviewing victims and suspects directly related to the case, initiating and preparing search warrants for service, cataloging and booking of pertinent evidence, follow up investigations on crimes related to the case, and identifying, interviewing and cataloging witnesses. Additional experience in preparing biological information files on all suspects for case presentation and investigative and intelligence support for the District Attorney’s Office.

The Main Competitors of JSI Telecom

The Main Competitors of JSI Telecom:
Comverse Infosys, Pen-Link, AWS, CIS, Motorola, Top Layer Networks, SBC, Nortel Networks, CommWorks Corporation, CRAG, SS8 Networks, AG Communications Systems, Advanced Fibre Communications, Telcordia Technologies, Siemens, Lucent Technologies, Cyneta Networks, Cisco, Narus, OPASTCO, ATIS, USTA, Steptoe and Johnson, WorldCom
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CALEA compliance was announced Wednesday by CommWorks Corporation in its Total Control 1000 Interworking Function (IWF) High Density Gateway, a wireless gateway for code division multiple access (CDMA) service providers. The gateway enables CDMA providers with 2G and 2.5G data services to deliver Internet and corporate intranet access as well as voice and data services, and supports an interface with all major wireless switches. The company is also working on CALEA compliance for the Total Control 1000 3G Packet Data Serving Node.

Comverse Infosys, a subsidiary of Comverse Technology, offers the STAR-GATE solution for CALEA compliance, supporting both circuit-switched and packet networks. The system consists of a Mediation Device, which offers the delivery functions of surveillance, and a Surveillance Administration Subsystem, which assigns interception targets and oversees administration, maintenance, and security.

The VoiceBoxIII Digital Collection System from JSI Telecom supports circuit-switched intercepts, as well as fax, data, VoIP, and video within a single Windows environment. The solution also supports intercepts of all wireless services from Nextel. The system features a database analysis program for creating text and graphical reports, a post-processing option for generating and managing translations and transcriptions, and forensic capabilities like audio filters, adaptive equalizers, and video clean-up tools.

Pen-Link, Ltd. offers the Local Intercept Network Collection - On Line Network (LINCOLN), which is compatible with existing pen register equipment and may be used in wireline and wireless networks. The system is compliant with CALEA specifications, and may be used for wiretap, pen register, and trap and trace investigations. Pen-Link Software is included with the LINCOLN solution, enabling data collection, management, and analysis, as well as search, retrieval, and playback functions.

Alternative solutions to Carnivore certainly give wireless and broadband service providers a more level playing field for complying with CALEA and the approved punch list items. But compliance still won't be easy, and the FCC is allowing individual carriers to petition for extensions beyond the November 19 date, in anticipation of complications in meeting requirements. As for the contested punch list items, the FCC expects to reach a decision by the end of this year about the feasibility of requiring these items, and has set a date of June 30, 2002 for all carriers to be fully compliant with CALEA.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

JSI Telecom J2033 Multi-Line Dialed Number Recorder Sold on eBay

JSI Telecom J2033 Multi-Line Dialed Number Recorder Sold on eBay to public for US $20.00

Description of the eBay item # 9738396142

Your bidding on a JSI Telecom J2033 Multi-Line Dialed Number Recorder. I don't really have much information on it, it's sold untested and as is. I'm guessing it can record up to 6 lines at once since it has six phone plugs on the back. You get what you see in the picture.

Friday, June 23, 2006

AT&T Claims Rein Over Customer Data

AT&T said that data it collects on customers belongs to the telco giant and therefpre it can do what it wants with it, but privacy advocates say otherwise.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications. By Ma Bell's action it appears that it's snubing the EFF suit right in the face.

AT&T says its going to notify its customers that it will be sharing their information with law-enforcement or government agencies, which includes information on who they call and their account data as well. AT&T is applying this notice to Internet users and telephone customers and knowing how it's treated its 7+ million customers in the past, it means that AT&T is making this a "agree or cancel the account" notification. Though AT&T has not released details of those plans.

Michael Coe, an AT&T spokesman, told the media that the "spirit" underwhich AT&T uses personal data and information is still there, that AT&T will protect the privacy of its customers. How, I have no idea, when without a warrant, any government agency or law-enforcement organization can now freely get what ever they want about any customer, at any time. What Coe really means is customer information can be "spirited" away with a simple request and the only one who won't be protected is - you!

Under its old privacy policy AT&T did not claim to own the information on its customers. Now, San Antonio-based AT&T says its going to ask customers to agree that it does own that data. AT&T's actions and the public response to its latest decision will be closely watched by rival carriers including Verizon and BellSouth, which have similarly been accused of handing over information on personal calls made by their customers in response to the NSA's request to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. The government agency was reportedly able to get the data even without any official warrant that would have forced the carriers to cooperate.


US Government Taps Bank's SWIFT Data to Track Terror Funds

The US government has been secretly scrutinising suspect wire transfers sent over the interbank Swift network as part of efforts to trace and cut off terrorist financing.

In a classified programme begun weeks after the 11 September terrorist attacks, counter-terrorism officials have had access to data sent over the Swift network, which routes about $6 trillion daily between banks, brokerages, stock exchanges and other financial services institutions.

The programme is run by the Central Intelligence Agency and overseen by the Treasury Department and is limited to tracing transactions of people suspected of having ties to terrorist networks. But unlike other searches where investigators must obtain court permission to examine records, the US government has used the president's economic emergency powers to subpoena tens of thousands of records from Swift.

According to a New York Times report, the records mostly involve wire transfers and other methods of moving funds across borders.

The US government also accesses and tracks ATM and other transactions from Western Union, but the Swift programme is thought to be the largest and most far-reaching attempt to trace terrorist financing.

Nearly 20 current and former government officials and industry executives discussed aspects of the Swift operation with The New York Times on condition of anonymity because the programme remains classified. Some of those officials expressed reservations about the programme, saying that what they viewed as an urgent, temporary measure had become permanent nearly five years later without specific Congressional approval or formal authorisation.

Stuart Levey, an under secretary at the Treasury Department, told New York Times reporters that the programme provides "a unique and powerful window into the operations of terrorist networks" and is a "legal and proper" use of authorities.

In a statement Swift says in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks, it responded to compulsory subpoenas for limited sets of data from the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury.

"Swift negotiated with the US Treasury over the scope and oversight of the subpoenas. Through this process, Swift received significant protections and assurances as to the purpose, confidentiality, oversight and control of the limited sets of data produced under the subpoenas," says the statement.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

JSI Telecom Wiretapping Equipment for Sale to Public

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RCMP Wiretap Access Bill to Be Revived

The Conservative government will revive plans to require telecommunications companies to build in increased access for Internet and telephone wiretaps, with a bill that probably will be tabled in the fall.

A Liberal bill requiring the new built-in surveillance capacity, as well as forcing service providers to keep more client records that could be obtained by police, died when former prime minister Paul Martin's minority government fell last November.

But Melissa Leclerc, a spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day, confirmed yesterday that the government is reviewing that bill, and plans to revive it in some form. The initiative would require service providers build in "access points" so that authorities can immediately monitor telephone calls, e-mail, and Web surfing.

"We're discussing it now, but we don't have any time frame," she said. "We don't know exactly when we will reintroduce it."

Although there are new rumours in the telecommunications industry that some form of the Liberal bill, titled the modernizing investigative techniques act, could be revived as soon as this spring, that appears unlikely with only two weeks left in this sitting of the Commons.

A senior RCMP official said they are expecting the bill to be tabled in the fall session of the Commons.

Police have credited Internet surveillance with playing a key role in last week's arrests of 17 terror suspects who are alleged to have plotted attacks in Toronto and Ottawa.

Police and intelligence officials have insisted that their technological capabilities have not kept pace with new technologies used by terrorists and organized crime, and have asked for the law to require telephone and Internet networks to build in quick and easy access for wiretaps and surveillance.

The proposal has raised concerns from civil libertarians, who warn that the increased surveillance capacity could be abused, and from telephone and Internet companies that fear they will be forced to bear a heavy cost for making their networks wiretap-accessible, and keeping staff ready to feed communications to police.

The Liberal bill called for service providers to build in a number of "access points" based on the size of their networks. It set a cap of one access point per 5,000 subscribers -- which would allow authorities to simultaneously monitor the communications of 8,000 people around the clock.

E-mails and Web surfing usually cannot be monitored by physically tapping into a wire, and new telephone technologies such as voice-over-Internet can make tapping calls more difficult, meaning access at the service providers' facilities is sometimes the only way to conduct surveillance.

Some civil libertarians and opposition politicians argued that such measures would provide too much access for police to snoop into the lives of ordinary Canadians without a warrant.

But some police and security officials argued it is simply identifying information that is analogous to the modern-day equivalent of a phone book -- and it can be crucial for time-sensitive investigations such as tracking a pedophile.


You Just Called and We Were Listening ...

VoIP Telecommunications Services Must Allow Wiretapping by Law Enforcement officials

Companies that provide Web-based telecommunications services must allow wiretapping by law enforcement officials, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

The ruling upholds a Federal Communications Commission decision that companies such as Vonage Holdings Corp., the country's largest provider of Internet phone service, are under the same legal obligation as telephone companies. The requirement for a wiretap-compatible system could mean higher expenses for broadband service companies, and it marks the further spread of regulation into Internet phone services.

The FCC issued its ruling based on Justice Department concerns that new technology would not accommodate police wiretaps under the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, known as CALEA.

Judge David B. Sentelle, writing for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, said that the FCC "offered a reasonable interpretation" of the law.

In dissent, Judge Harry T. Edwards argued the law should not apply to information services such as broadband Internet phone providers.

The law "does not give the FCC unlimited authority to regulate every telecommunications service that might conceivably be used to assist law enforcement," he wrote.

The American Council on Education, worried that the FCC directive would place new costs on university networks, challenged the FCC decision and argued that information services should be exempt from the law.

The court ruled that private networks, such as those at universities, are exempt. Peer-to-peer communications, such as instant messaging programs, are also beyond the law's reach because they communicate between computers.

Matthew A. Brill, a lawyer with Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington who argued the case, said he was disappointed the FCC ruling was upheld but "pleased the court recognized the law exempts private networks, which was one of our goals."

He said he is considering whether to appeal.

The requirement for equipment compatible with government surveillance could "impose significant costs to anyone who wants to install a [commercial] broadband network," said Philip J. Weiser, a professor of law and telecommunications at the University of Colorado.

"Any provider of broadband networks now needs to make accounts wire-tappable," he said. "That's not the way they're engineered and it's certainly not the cheapest way."

Those costs most likely will squeeze company profits rather than be passed on to customers, said Blair Levin, who analyzes telecommunication regulation for Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., a financial services firm.

"The trend is to bring the Internet voice business model into parity with traditional voice business models, and that trend will continue," he said.

Further regulation of Web-based phone services probably will continue as well. Legislation already has passed forcing Internet phone providers to connect emergency calls to local 911 dispatchers, which has been challenged by several providers. The FCC also may require Internet phone companies to pay into a fund for universal telephone service.