PINDROP BLOG

Category: Consumer Fraud

January 20, 2014
New York Times talks phone fraud
Fake emails are usually pretty easy to spot because you can look and see if it came from Bank of America or from FreeEmailAddressInEgypt(dot)com,” said Mr. Forester, 29, who is an electrician. “With the phone, you don’t have that option of researching. The New York Times today invested some time in discussing the increase in…
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September 27, 2013
Six Degrees of Phone Fraud
If you are like me, the never ending stories on hackers breaking into businesses don’t even merit a passing glance anymore. We never stop to think how we are connected to these events. Recently, LexisNexis was again in the news over data breaches. Now, LexisNexis has some of the most sophisticated security controls in the…
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July 24, 2013
Telephony Going the Internet Way: Multi-layered Approach for Countering Emerging Threats
Telephony going the Internet way is the title of this series of blog posts. In this concluding post on this topic, let us revisit the reasons for this title. First, it is about the changing underlying technology. With technologies like VoIP, we are increasingly using IP networks for transporting voice the same way the Internet…
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July 19, 2013
Telephony Going the Internet Way: Secure Phone Fingerprinting
Last week we discussed a number of requirements for phone authentication solutions. Ideally, we want both high accuracy and strong security. This means low false negatives and false positives even in the presence of threats that will likely target voice biometric solutions. For example, we do not want an adversary to be able to impersonate…
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July 10, 2013
Telephony Going the Internet Way: Voice Biometrics
Voice biometrics, where characteristics of a speaker’s voice are used to authenticate him or her, is a recent development from the long history of speech research. Although researchers have worked on areas ranging from speech recognition to speech synthesis, the aspects most relevant to authentication are speaker identification and speaker verification (see a 2009 paper…
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June 12, 2013
Telephony Going the Internet Way: Caller-ID Spoofing
All of us need to be vigilant and safeguard our financial lives against social engineering and other attacks that have grown in frequency and sophistication over time. One key part of staying safe is that we guard our account-related identities. Authentication is the process of proving to our bank, credit card provider or other holder…
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November 7, 2012
Phone Fraud Round Up: Week of November 7, 2012
Fox Channel 4: Robo-calls scam Southwest Floridians into releasing banking info Victims are being scammed by automated phone calls (robocalls), saying it was someone from the power company.  The call tells the victim that they need to pay their bill or risk power being shut off (the caller ID shows the local utility).  Not knowing…
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October 24, 2012
Happy Protect Your Identity Week
The week of October 20 – 27 is national Protect Your Identity Week!  Here at Pindrop, we are celebrating this week by giving a few tips from the FCC’s Caller ID and Spoofing protection guidelines.  Please check out the entire guide here to read about the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, telemarketer’s rules,…
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October 17, 2012
Trust & the phone
Pity the phone, long abused by bad people like telemarketers and fraudsters and unable to do anything about it. Caller ID has no security capabilities – it’s completely spoofable. There are even apps for that with clever names like Spoofcard, Spooftel, SpoofApp, CallerID Faker and the charming TeleTurd. Thanks to VoIP, anyone anywhere can afford…
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October 11, 2012
Phone Fraud is an International Problem
Social engineering via the phone comes in every possible form. Below are some examples, with victims from Taiwan to Canada.   Phone fraud is easily accomplished across international borders, making it difficult for local law enforcement to stop. Scammers using VoIP spoofing, a good story, and a little personal information (usually available on the internet) are…
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