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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. It is now becoming increasingly difficult to determine what is a robocall, and what is not. A robocall is a phone call where an automatic computer dialer uses a pre-recorded message as if it were from a robot. And until recently, that…

American technology companies Ribbon Communications and Neustar have announced an expansion of their cooperation to provide a comprehensive solution designed to tackle the issues of robocalling and call spoofing. Ribbon, a global software leader providing IP-based real-time communications security and software solutions, is working in partnership with Neustar, the exclusive host of the ATIS Robocalling Testbed, to develop and support an integrated platform for their STIR-SHAKEN implementation. Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) standards and the Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN) framework were developed by the IETF and ATIS/SIP Forum NNI Task Force, respectively. STIR-SHAKEN is a major industry initiative set up to help service providers protect consumers against illegal robocalls and caller ID spoofing. The Ribbon session border controller, as well as policy and routing products coupled with the Neustar Certified Caller platform will enable service providers to promptly detect suspicious calls and inform business and…