Tag: social engineering

Democrats Ask FCC to Dump Ringless Voicemails
Privacy, Social Engineering

Democrats Ask FCC to Dump Ringless Voicemails

A group of Democrats is asking the FCC to prevent robocalls telemarketers and political candidates from being able to use ringless voicemails to deliver their messages to consumers. The use of ringless voicemails is a controversial technique, because it allows callers to deliver voicemails directly to consumers without actually ringing […]

After Reports of Abuse, Developer Disables Phonecord Bot
Social Engineering

After Reports of Abuse, Developer Disables Phonecord Bot

The developer of the Phonecord bot has disabled it for the time being after security researchers discovered that threat actors were using the bot for harassing calls, including some to federal law enforcement agencies. Phonecord is a bot designed for use on the Discord communications app, which is used by […]

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 […]