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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday June 05 2021, @02:52AM   Printer-friendly

FCC fight against robocalls goes international:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with its Australian counterpart to work together to fight robocalls.

The signing of the "Memorandum of Understanding" with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is the latest in a number of moves the FCC has made to combat robocalls in recent months.

The agreement seeks for the two agencies to "work together to develop and coordinate a global approach to addressing unlawful robocalls or robotexts, and the unlawful use of inaccurate caller ID information or 'spoofing,' the FCC said.

"Robocall scams are a global problem that require global commitment and cooperation," Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. "With these irritating calls coming from near and far, we need international cooperation, information sharing, and enforcement to address this matter. I want to thank our Australian friends for working with us on this agreement. By joining together we can help get these scammers off of our networks and protect consumers and businesses around the world."

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by mcgrew on Saturday June 05 2021, @03:23PM (2 children)

    by mcgrew (701) <> on Saturday June 05 2021, @03:23PM (#1142056) Homepage Journal

    I simply don't answer unknown numbers; it's not 1984 any more, calls come with names now. If it's just a number I let it ring, and if it's someone who really needs to communicate they can leave a voicemail.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by fustakrakich on Saturday June 05 2021, @03:50PM (1 child)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Saturday June 05 2021, @03:50PM (#1142062) Journal

    Exactly, whitelisting solves the problem entirely, except for the spoofed numbers thing, and that is the telcos fault for allowing it.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @10:15PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @10:15PM (#1142166)

      Not until shaken/stir get fully implemented.

      Caller-id, sans shaken/stir, is unauthenticated, and what you see on your phone is what the call initiator told the network their number was. Or in other words, the robocaller can tell your phone to display *any* number they choose.

      Now, usually, the robocallers will not know that your buddy's number is 123-456-7890 and so they are not likely to randomly pick that as the caller-id they provide. But, given enough people whitelisting numbers, they will start to find ways to find out numbers you are likely to answer, so they can get you to answer.