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Congress blocks caller ID 'spoofing'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Apr 2010 0:45 User comments (16)

Congress blocks caller ID 'spoofing' The House of Representatives has just passed a new legislation that will ban all forms of malicious Caller ID "spoofing," the art of using a fake caller ID to trick victims into revealing personal information.
The bill, which passed with a "voice vote," is intended to stop spoofing before it gets more prominent. Proponents of the bill say new technology is making spoofing much easier, and the technology is cheap or even free.

Rep. Eliot Engel, a Democrat in N.Y. who is also the chief sponsor of the bill, cited one case where the police busted an identify theft ring which had stolen over $15 million from 6000 victims using different spoofing scams including pretending to be banks.

The bill, H.R. 1258, will completely outlaw spoofing technology if it used for deceiving or harmful intent. Legitimate uses, such as spoofing to protect identities of certain users or companies, will still be allowed. Those found to be abusing the technology can be fined and even spend time in jail.

The legislation still requires Senate approval.

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16 user comments

115.4.2010 1:05

I approve.

215.4.2010 2:09

They should require a caller ID for everyone...an by that, I mean a phone number...calls from "Unknown" should be a thing of the past.

315.4.2010 3:33

But still legal for those political/advertising robot messages that call you up just as you're sitting down for tea

415.4.2010 4:23
Belaward
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SPAM removed

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515.4.2010 7:16

Originally posted by beanos66:
But still legal for those political/advertising robot messages that call you up just as you're sitting down for tea
Yeah...do what I do: write down the name of the candidate that did this, and then vote for the other guy/gal.

615.4.2010 10:12

I also approve.

715.4.2010 10:14

Originally posted by KillerBug:
They should require a caller ID for everyone...an by that, I mean a phone number...calls from "Unknown" should be a thing of the past.
no thank you. i like my unlisted number. i receive 1% of the solicitors/politician whatever phone calls i did a year ago.

815.4.2010 12:13

It will be interesting to see if this limits the good people but still allows the bad callers to continue doing what they do. You can bet that this will not effect the political power just like the waste of space No Call List which is just another tool for the gov to extort monies from businesses who now have to pay for the list.

I agree that Unknown or Private should still be allowed however if you're going to call me in that manner you will be blocked or you will need to disclose who you are. I also have selective call rejection or now commonly called Blacklist which allows me to block people that are excluded from the No Call rules but I do have to deal with at least one call from them to know who to block of course.

915.4.2010 13:48

I don't think callers with criminal intent will be concerned in the least that spoofing for their intent is illegal. I can see SOME individuals needing to remain anon, but not many. Businesses needing to remain anon or spoofed!? HELL NO! Only law enforcement and govt. agencies should be allowed to spoof! Period!

1015.4.2010 13:57

Actually, this got me thinking... I have been using my answer machine for call screening, spoof or not, if you don't leave a message then you're not worth my time to call you back. Of course, if it's someone i know, i pick up the phone right away.

1115.4.2010 14:29
XD
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What about spoofing your caller ID to make prank phone calls. Is this mischievous act allowed under this new law.

1215.4.2010 14:34

Even if the President signs this bill, I doubt the identity thief rings are going to stop. What this bill is meant for is to further restrict the privacy and anonymity of the law abiding citizens and to further track our daily activity.

It's important to keep in mind that in these Bill's they always add something in their that is unrelated and will screw the people over.

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1315.4.2010 15:53

Now if they can just ban email address spoofing.

1415.4.2010 16:35
bazjf
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im a little spammer short and stout...

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1515.4.2010 23:27

im no too concerned with whether someones caller id is on or not.I already know the bank,the tax office and social security dont have my mobile number and if police ring me they can send a uniformed officer to my house.I hate telemarketers over here in australia we get phone calls all hours from people doing market research and usually there caller i'd is on anyway.


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1616.4.2010 16:34

you guys dont get it..

well most of you dont..

they arent blocking unknown calls.. they are blocking calls that say bank of america.. which is really joe nobody pretending to be a guy from the bank to tell you that they need some kind of personal information.. when you give them your personal information, your life could be over.

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