The Senate voted in favor of bipartisan legislation Thursday to help stop annoying robocalls.John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, and Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would improve enforcement policies, such as criminalizing illegal robocalling, and also improve coordination between agencies policing robocalls.It would also require phone companies to use a new technology protocol called SHAKEN/STIR, which would validate that calls are originating from where they claim to be coming from and would allow for faster tracing of illegal calls to find out who's responsible for them.Nearly 50% of those calls were from scammers.The report also highlighted that the number of complaints about illegal robocalls has been increasing, jumping from 172,000 complaints in 2015 to 232,000 complaints in 2018.Often the numbers that show up in caller ID appear to belong to friends or neighbors, when they're actually "spoofed."
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is calling on carriers to block robocalls by default without waiting for consumers to opt in to call-blocking services.But he hasn't proposed making this a requirement and is leaving it up to carriers to decide whether to charge for such services.Many members of the industry perceived that interpretation to make illegal, potentially, the blocking of calls by default.""The current opt-in regime has led many consumers to not affirmatively opt in and as a result there are just fewer people who are using these services," Pai also said.Pai's proposals will be up for votes at the June 6 commission meeting."If adopted, we expect carriers to quickly begin offering call-blocking services by default and to work toward more advanced offerings, like blocking based on contact lists," Pai said.
US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will proposed giving mobile phone companies more power to block unwanted robocalls, according to a release from the FCC on Wednesday.Pai's proposal, if adopted, would allow phone companies to block unwanted calls for customers by default.According to the release, customers can opt-in or out of any blocking services they don't want.Pai also proposed seeking public comment on how caller ID authentication standards, otherwise known as SHAKEN/STIR, could inform call blocking.The SHAKEN/STIR framework would validate where calls originate from, where they claim to be coming from, and would allow for faster tracing of illegal calls to find out who's responsible for them.Later today, Pai and four other FCC commissioners are set to testify before a US House panel over the growing number of robocalls.
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Has a cop recently asked you to hand over your cryptocurrency?Well, a phone scammer posing as a police officer is targeting victims in California, requesting they hand over all the money in their bank account in Bitcoin.Berkely Police Department (BPD) has issued a warning, stating a woman received a phone call from someone claiming to be “Officer Neil Matthew” of the BPD.The scammer demanded the woman send him all her money using the cryptocurrency, claiming she was under investigation for “drug trafficking and fraudulent activities.” The woman received multiple phone calls from various numbers – including 911.BPD said there is no officer under that name and although the scammer’s caller ID displayed BPD’s listed nonemergency number, the police say nefarious actors are able to mask their own phone numbers with official ones.It’s not known whether the scammer has targeted more people, in or outside of, California.
Singapore-based telecommunications company Singtel and Indonesian ride-hailing company Go-Jek have announced a collaboration that would offer benefits to their respective customers and driver partners.As part of the memorandum of understanding the two companies inked, Go-Jek driver partners who subscribe to a Singtel Combo plan would be able to use their Go-Jek apps data-free.Drivers would also get a 20% discount on Singtel Combo plans, as well as complimentary caller-ID services.The new benefits are part of Go-Jek’s plans to lower operating costs for its driver partners.They are also part of GoalBetter, the startup’s benefits program, which also features insurance, medical teleconsultation, and fuel rebates.In exchange, new and existing customers of Singtel’s latest all-digital mobile plan GOMO (Get Out More Often) will also be able to avail of Go-Jek ride-hailing credits.
At the beginning of the year, T-Mobile promised to cut back on spam calls.It did this by using a new technology called Caller Verified which utilizes the STIR/SHAKEN standards.The Uncarrier is now stepping up its game by partnering with Comcast.By working together, the two companies will have a higher success rate when it comes to identifying robocallers.The STIR/SHAKEN protocol looks for a digital certificate to verify incoming phone calls.The identification allows the carrier’s system to know where the phone call was placed, not where it claims to be from.
Starting today, the companies will begin authenticating calls made between their networks in order to verify for consumers when the caller is an actual human being.Americans received over 26 billion unwanted robocalls last year, and after a few light pushes from federal agencies like the Federal Communications Commission, carriers are beginning to deploy an authentication system that’s meant to combat them, known as the SHAKEN/STIR protocol.T-Mobile and Comcast will begin using the protocol to authenticate calls made between the two networks on a handful of devices.Today, we’re the first to cross industry lines to do just that,” said John Legere CEO of T-Mobile.The SHAKEN/STIR protocol verifies authentic calls by using digital certificates that help determine where a call is actually being placed.If a real caller is identified, T-Mobile will display “Caller Verified” in the Caller ID.
On Thursday the Senate Commerce subcommittee on communications held a hearing to discuss what's being done to cut down on illegal robocalls and to offer input on proposed legislation meant to curb them.And nearly 50 percent of those calls were from scammers.Often the numbers appear in the caller-ID appear to be from friends or neighbors when they are actually "spoofed."The FCC has adopted some policies to cut down on the number of calls people get, but Congress is also stepping in to ensure the agency has what it needs to give its policies teeth.John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, and Ed Markey, a Democrat from Mass.The bill would improve enforcement policies, such as criminalizing illegal robocalling, and also improve coordination between agencies policing robocalls.
These unsolicited auto-dialed spam calls bug you dozens of times a week — sometimes more — demanding you “pay the IRS” or pretend to be “Apple technical support.” Even the now-infamous Chinese embassy scam, recently warned about by the FBI, has gained notoriety.So, tough luck — it’s up to you to battle the robocallers — but it doesn’t have to be a losing battle.YOUR CARRIER IS YOUR FIRST CALLAny winds of change will come from the big four cell giants: AT, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon (which owns TechCrunch).AT also offers Call Protect Plus for $3.99 a month which offers enhanced caller ID services and reverse number lookups.T-Mobile already lets you know when an incoming call is fishy by displaying “scam likely” as the caller ID.
US wireless carriers Verizon and T-Mobile are working to take control of the growing spam and robocall epidemic for their mobile customers.Verizon is deploying the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID technology to its network to help customers identify and handle unwanted robocalls.It also began offering its Call Filter spam and robocall protection service for free; previously, it was a $3 per month add-on.T-Mobile expanded its Caller Verified feature, which alerts customers to likely scam calls, to seven additional smartphone models.The feature, which also uses STIR/SHAKEN protocols, was initially launched in January 2019 on the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup.Nearly 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, which is a 57% increase over 2017, according to third-party robocall-blocking software company YouMail.
Verizon is now offering a free version of its Call Filter spam blocking service, which was previously a paid service that cost $3 per month.The paid version has a few extra features over the free version, but they share the same spam-blocking purpose.The free version of Call Filter is only available for post-paid Verizon customers, and not pre-paid customers.Verizon announced on Thursday that it now offers a free version of Call Filter, its robocall- and spam-call blocking service, which used to cost customers $3 per month.With the free version of Call Filter, Verizon customers get spam detection, blocking, and reporting.The paid "premium" version of Call Filter still exists, and contains a few extra features over the new free version, like spam caller ID, personal spam lists, personal block lists, a risk meter for incoming calls, and a lookup tool to get more details on a call that was potentially spam.
New tools to help block robocalls are now available for Verizon customers.On Thursday, the wireless carrier said it started rolling out a free version of its Call Filter service to all customers.Verizon in January said it would be expanding its spam- and robocall-prevention features to more customers.The free version of Call Filter lets you get spam alerts, report unsolicited numbers and block robocalls.Verizon said all postpaid customers with a compatible device can enroll, though some features will vary based on the type of phone you have.Verizon also still offers a paid version of Call Filter, which costs $2.99 a month per line.
To make sure you’re staying ahead of the game, we’ve collected some of the best advice, most recent reports, and most common types of phishing attack in 2019 to keep you right up to date.Take the recent phishing attack spotted by a security researcher at Akamai: It attempted to use Google Translate to mask suspicious URLs, prefacing them with the legit-looking “” address to try and dupe users into logging in.That followed hard on the heels of an Apple phishing scam that was carefully constructed to look like the real deal—asking unsuspecting victims to ring a number that displayed Apple’s real support number, web address, and street address through the caller ID system.The list goes on: Phishing scams asking for Netflix payment details, for example, or embedded in promoted tweets that redirect users to genuine-looking PayPal login pages.Although the dodgy landing page was very well designed in that latter case, the lack of an HTTPS lock and misspellings in the URL were key red flags that this was actually a phishing attempt.“In 2018, Dropbox phishing was the top phishing attack lure,” Chris Dawson, Threat Intelligence Lead at Proofpoint, told Gizmodo.
Today's AT/Comcast announcement said the carriers completed "an exchange of authenticated calls between two separate providers' voice networks that is believed to be the nation's first."Caller ID authentication could ultimately help improve robocall-blocking systems, but the AT/Comcast announcement didn't actually promise new blocking capabilities.Calls that fail the SHAKEN/STIR test will still ring your phone, but they won't be marked as verified."The test used phones on the companies' consumer networks—not in a lab or restricted to special equipment," the companies' announcement said."Customers could soon start to see verified calls not only from callers using the same provider, but more importantly, from other participating providers."Comcast previously told the FCC that it would roll out SHAKEN/STIR's call-verification capability to its entire residential subscriber base by the end of March 2019.
AT and Comcast are partnering to authenticate calls made between the two networks, letting customers know when there’s a genuine caller — not a spammer — on the phone.It won’t cover every call AT and Comcast customers receive, but it’s a step in the right direction to battling the scourge of robocalls.AT says the deal is likely the “nation’s first” to authenticate calls between two providers through the SHAKEN/STIR (which stands for “Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs” and “Secure Telephony Identity Revisited”) protocol.The protocol lets consumers know when a call they’re receiving is actually being placed by the displayed number listed on caller ID.AT and Comcast said they hope to have the system up and running for customers later this year.The SHAKEN/STIR protocol works by using digital certificates to verify whether a call is actually coming from where it says it is.
John Oliver is taking on his "old friends" at the FCC once again.On HBO's Last Week Tonight on Sunday, the comedian zoomed in on the robocalls problem, citing research that says half of mobile phone calls in the US will soon be scam calls.The Federal Communications Commission has criticized robocalling and said it'd take action on the issue.In November, the agency said it planned to create a database that businesses can check to make sure the numbers they've been given permission to call haven't been reassigned to other people.The FCC is also undertaking "light touch" regulatory actions to give wireless carriers more flexibility to block spam text messages.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in February also called on carriers to implement robust caller ID authentication systems to combat illegal robocalls and spoofing.
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