Is the FCC work­ing on stop­ping calls with spoofed num­ber?

The Catoosa County News - - EDITORIALS & OPINION -

Yes, the FCC is in the process of re­quir­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies to stop phone num­bers be­ing spoofed.

The FCC ex­pects to re­quire in 2019 that telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies must au­then­ti­cate the phone num­ber a call comes from. They want the com­pa­nies to use the SHAKEN/STIR frame­work to make phone calls show on caller ID what num­ber they are com­ing from.

This should stop the ma­jor prob­lem that is oc­cur­ring where we re­ceive calls that ap­pear to be from in our area or a num­ber that we know (or could even be our own num­ber, I got call from med­i­cal plan spam that said it was from me) as the real num­bers would show. Stud­ies I have seen say 42 per­cent of all phone calls cur­rently are these spam/phish­ing calls try­ing to get us to give up in­for­ma­tion or buy strange things and it is ex­pected to go over 50 per­cent next year.

This is a long over­due ac­tion by the govern­ment

(FCC) and the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies. If the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies wanted us to think nice of them they would start im­ple­ment­ing im­me­di­ately and not wait to be re­quired by the govern­ment.

Hope­fully this will cut the num­ber of these calls dras­ti­cally and make ev­ery­one feel safer.

Send me your ques­tions about com­put­ers to me at the pa­per or to my email [email protected]­watt.com and tell me you read this in this pa­per. I will pick a ques­tion to an­swer each week.

Dwight Watt does com­puter work for busi­nesses, in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions and teaches about com­put­ers at a col­lege in NW Ge­or­gia. His web­page is www.dwight­watt.com His email ad­dress is [email protected]­watt. com.

Dwight Watt

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