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In a collective effort to combat the rampant issue of scam calls, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) joined forces with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state attorneys general, and various state and federal agencies to announce “Operation Stop Scam Calls” on July 18. This initiative brought together 102 participants, resulting in a total of 180 enforcement actions taken at the state and federal levels.

In an unyielding effort to combat the surge of illegal robocalls and fraudulent activities, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued stern advisories to seven gateway providers identified as potential collaborators in transmitting illicit traffic on behalf of overseas entities. This poses a significant risk to the integrity and security of U.S. phone networks.

The Competition and Markets Authority, UK’s competition watchdog, leans towards approving Broadcom’s monumental $61 billion takeover of VMware, after an in-depth Phase 2 investigation. The pivotal concern was whether it would discourage innovation due to reduced competition in the server market. However, the analysis suggests that competition in UK’s server hardware component supply won’t be notably hindered by the deal. This takes Broadcom a step closer to becoming one of the world’s largest server virtualisation software suppliers.

We may not always realize it, but we spend a good part of our lives online. We frequently reveal our names, addresses and credit card numbers when accessing shopping and social networking sites, and trust those sites to keep us and our information secure. You lock the door when you wish to keep your home safe. The same should apply on the Internet, where we can considerably limit our exposure to a variety of hazards by implementing a modest number of Internet safety measures. You know what they say – the Internet is like your front door: a lock doesn’t do much good if you leave the key under the welcome mat. Is it safe to be in the Internet? Learning about cybersecurity and online safety might feel like swimming through a sea of technical jargon. There are several cybersecurity terminologies to be familiar with, but we’ve selected a handful of…

A group of consumer and privacy organizations, including the National Consumer Law Center and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny petitions aimed at allowing unsolicited bulk text messaging. The organization, which is made up of numerous telephone users from all around the country, feels that enabling such unwanted messages would be detrimental to customers.   In response to a proposed rulemaking in November 2022, some individuals have urged the FCC to allow businesses to send unwanted mass text messages to consumers without their consent. This would result in a rise in unwelcome texts, such as bothersome surveys, recurrent political messaging, and pestering debt collection requests. The FCC not taking action would be detrimental to customers, as they would lose their capacity to filter out undesirable messages.   The groups representing telephone subscribers are also requesting the FCC to release interpretations of the…

Vonage to repay $100 million to customers Vonage has been fined by the US Federal Trade Commission for making it too difficult for customers to quit their VoIP services. A proposed court judgment forces Vonage to repay clients affected by its actions in the amount of $100 million. The penalty payment will be sent to the FTC, which has committed to distributing the relevant funds to all customers who are identified as being eligible for compensation. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/4zxxaevh Arelion adds a new route for flexible trans-Atlantic traffic Arelion has announced the addition of a new flexible, high-capacity transmission route to its network. With the inclusion of this new route, Arelion’s clients will benefit from enhanced customizable routing diversity solutions for trans-Atlantic traffic that meet their specific requirements through a single, scalable end-to-end solution. This route will provide EU terrestrial extensions to client endpoints, as well as a US…

Robocalls calls have become a plague. It is estimated that Americans alone received more than 58.5 billion robocalls in 2019. While some robotic calls may be from legitimate sources, they can also be scams seeking to deceive or bully people to provide personal information.

Early on, robocalls were easy to detect and ignore because the calls came from an area code you did not recognize. However, the scam has become much more sophisticated with the increase in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) dialing, which makes it relatively easy to “spoof” a phone number so that the caller ID shows a different number than the one actually calling.