modem hijacking


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modem hijacking

Exploiting a user's analog modem with software that dials out to a 900 telephone number that charges a fee per minute of use. Also called "dialer hijacking" and "Internet dumping." See hijacking.
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Finnish-Swedish telecomms operator TeliaSonera AB said on Wednesday (9 June) that its Swedish subsidiary TeliaSonera Sweden (Telia) had taken another step in the fight against modem hijackings by calling and warning customers who might have been affected by hijackings.
In addition, present and former Pennsylvania customers who did not previously lodge complaints with a government agency can do so now, or contact the OCA directly, and will be eligible to receive a credit or refund for any modem hijacking charges, upon verification.
Modem hijacking is a computer scam that most often affects computer users with dial-up Internet access.
Under the agreement with the OCA, after receiving a modem hijacking complaint directly from a Verizon Long Distance customer or from the OCA or another government agency to which the customer has complained, Verizon Pennsylvania or Verizon North will remove 100 percent of the modem hijacking charges and associated taxes and other fees that are itemized on the customer's current Verizon bill.