CFCA-FIINARobocalling and other malicious calling campaigns continue to plague the telecommunications industry. The FTC received nearly two million complaints about robocalls in 2014, accounting for about half of the total Do Not Call Complaints made that year. These unwanted calls waste more than 20 million working hours each year for SMBs.

One tool that is helping to solve the problem of robocalling is the Pindrop PhoneypotTM, a large-scale telephony honeypot that allows researchers to collect data from millions of calls to unlisted numbers. Pindrop researchers use the phoneypot to detect calling patterns for unwanted callers, such as robocallers, debt collectors and telemarketers. This provides researchers with new insights into telephony abuse and attack patterns.

Last week, postdoc Payas Gupta presented his research collaboration with Georgia Tech and Pindrop Security at the NDSS Symposium. In March, Pindrop co-founder and CEO Vijay Balasubramaniyan will be appear on a panel at this year’s CFCA Educational Event to discuss the phoneypot project. The panel, which features industry experts across academia, regulatory, enforcement, policy, and solution providers, will focus on the problem of robocalls, and the way voice honeypots, such as Pindrop’s Phoneypot, can contribute to the solution.

The panel will take place from 10:15 to 11:15 on Wednesday, March 4th at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Moderator: Adam Panagia, AT&T


Mustaque Ahamad, Georgia Tech

Kevin Rupy, US Telecom

John Cunningham, CenturyLink

Vijay Balasubramaniyan, Pindrop Security

About CFCA – FIINA Joint Educational Event

Expansion in the telecom industry makes it very important for fraud prevention professionals to build relationships that transcend international borders in order to be successful in protecting their company’s assets. That’s why this joint event with FIINA is going to be one of the best opportunities you’ll ever have to network with experts from all over the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear first hand what industry experts are envisioning for the upcoming year for fraud as well as recent cases where individual investigators have worked together with their colleagues from other companies and agencies to investigate and stop fraud.



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