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Prison inmate taps into the cellular phone of US ambassador in Uruguay

Wednesday, May 14th 2014 - 02:54 UTC
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A prisoner in Uruguay tapped into the U.S. ambassador's cell-phone and sent messages to some of her contacts in an attempt to commit a still undisclosed fraud, authorities said Tuesday, although the news was on the media a day before. Read full article


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  • ilsen

    Ok, I confess, It was all me.

    Sorry everyone.


    May 14th, 2014 - 04:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0

    Hah !

    One young jailbird cracks the American Ambassador's smartphone, thus disproving the articles about Uruguay being a safe place to invest, and in need for better technological assistance.

    That is akin to Angela Merkel being asked to assist Russia with technology and investments by Putin in Berlin, and finding her computer hacked by the Kids in the Kremlin. ( Come to think of it, didn't that happen in St. Petersburg at the 2013 G-20 ? )

    I suspect the US Ambassador has been issued a better mobile phone by now.

    May 14th, 2014 - 09:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    Botinho @ 2

    Most of the Brazilians I know are a lot more intelligent than you.
    You hail from one of the most corrupt countries on earth.

    May 14th, 2014 - 01:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Can I get a new phone?

    May 14th, 2014 - 02:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The code, I can reveal was “1234” and was written on the casing of the 'phone.

    About right for a USA Ambassador and her “knowledge” of technology.

    May 14th, 2014 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    She was probably substantiating PEPE's statement about technology, or lack of.

    May 14th, 2014 - 06:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0


    I'm sure you are correct.

    With the both World Cup games followed by the Olympic games being held in BRASIL, many in BRASIL are taking advantage of that and making fortunes.

    And YES, we have many bright, intelligent, and innovative BRASILIANS to be proud of here.

    May 14th, 2014 - 09:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 6 golfcronie

    On Monday I went to the Migracion office to receive my final papers at last! Hooray.

    Then first thing Tuesday I went to Abitab to book an appointment at the National ID office in Maldonado.

    Abitab told me the machine was not updating as it should and perhaps it would be better to go to the ID office myself.

    Oh dear! There were at least 100 people waiting from 09.00 for their cedulas and passports and it transpired that the relatively new IT system (a 18 month old government WAN) was down and nobody knew when it would be back up. I was told it also affected the main bank in the country, BROU, my bank!

    A friend told me “this happens all the time and it can take more than a day to get the “service” back. But no, it was back on at 18.00 hours BUT instead of having appointments available within 72 hours (you pay more for that of course) if was 17 friggin’ days.

    A bit like the HMRC in the UK but even longer.

    I need it to recover my bond that I had to pay to the Aduanas for the contents of the free from import tax container when we arrived three years ago. I have to 25 June otherwise the shit hits the fan big time.

    And Argie Rent Boy Almagro wants to join the EU “service excellence scheme” and one of the “services” is “the provision of IT services”.

    I think Uruguay need to find out what that means. All this trouble with only 3M or so of us in the country: a THIRD of the population of Greater London, FFS.

    May 14th, 2014 - 10:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    They are on to you, Chrissy...

    Only six plants, remember?


    May 14th, 2014 - 10:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MagnusMaster

    @8 ¨and it transpired that the relatively new IT system (a 18 month old government WAN) was down and nobody knew when it would be back up¨

    Usually that means that the workers are playing Wii Sports.

    May 15th, 2014 - 03:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 10 MagnusMaster

    I suspect it was more like “we don't do updates overnight and when we updated just before the start this morning the system crashed, again”.

    The reason that would happen is because I doubt they run a small parallel system that has all the same characteristics and treatment, in terms of updates, node changes (if relevant) and should have crashed when the new update was tried on it BEFORE if got anywhere near the main system.

    In the first world it’s called thinking ahead, something I have noticed is NOT in the mindset of ANY of the artisan workers like builders, etc, but should have been present in any decent ITC department.

    May 15th, 2014 - 08:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    Chris @ 11

    I don't believe that any nation's ITC workers think ahead, as a rule. Remember the millenium bug? Nor can they be charged with having their creations tested by non-geeks, i.e. 99% of the planet's population.

    May 15th, 2014 - 09:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 12 ynsere
    “And Argie Rent Boy Almagro wants to join the EU “service excellence scheme” and one of the “services” is “the provision of IT services”. My post @8.

    I was posting in the light of this claim by Uruguay.

    BTW, the Millennium Bug was a software problem that MS gave us but the numb-nut papers blew out of all proportion. The reality was no real damage done, if any: I certainly had no problems at all with my PN or remote sites.

    I don’t understand what you mean by “any nation’s ITC workers think ahead”. Do you mean the people who do data entry and routine task operation, because I agree with that: it’s not their job.

    Or, do you mean the ITC DEPARTMENT, if so then they had better be thinking ahead and making allowances for “the non-geek finger problems” such as allowing the “less than” carat sign to close a data flow, as happens on MP!

    The solutions are as I have already posted and are SOP for any business who uses, updates its own software and rolls out the updates OR, they shouldn’t be “playing” with their systems anyway.

    Uruguay has no reason to claim excellence in IT services if the government’s own systems fall over like this when the whole of the captive population is less than a third of that of Greater London. Frankly, it’s laughable.

    May 16th, 2014 - 01:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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