Phone Fraud

New Phone Bot Being Used in Harassing Calls
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

New Phone Bot Being Used in Harassing Calls

Some attackers have taken to using a new phone bot for the Discord chat and voice app to send large numbers of harassing and nuisance calls to individual victims, retailers, and even law enforcement agencies. Known as Phonecord, the bot is being used in a number of different ways. But unlike […]

Inside the Tech Support Scam Ecosystem
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

Inside the Tech Support Scam Ecosystem

A pair of doctoral students and their advisor, looking for insights into the inner workings of tech support scams, spent eight months collecting data on and studying the tactics and infrastructure of the scammers, using a purpose-built tool. What they uncovered is a complex, technically sophisticated ecosystem supported by malvertising and […]

Those IRS Scam Calls May Disappear Soon
Phone Fraud, Vishing

Those IRS Scam Calls May Disappear Soon

The FCC has moved one step closer to implementing a system that would prevent robocalls that spoof the caller ID of numbers that don’t initiate outbound calls, a move that could significantly reduce the volume of scam calls reaching businesses and consumers. The commission on Thursday issued a notice that seems public […]

On the Wire Podcast: Roger Anderson
Phone Fraud, Podcast

On the Wire Podcast: Roger Anderson

Last year, we talked to Roger Anderson about his Jolly Roger Telephone company bot, a system he designed to frustrate and annoy telemarketers by sending them through an infinite loop of robot responses. Now, Anderson is taking aim at the Windows support scammers who try to scare victims into calling […]