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IDG Contributor Network: Swatting and phone scams: Hazards of caller ID spoofing

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Jun 13, 2016.

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    When I was a kid in the 60s, 70s and arguably the 80s, the telephone provided me with a source of entertainment. I was able to make a free local call to anyone while maintaining full anonymity. I could pretend to be anyone I wanted to be, ask people if their refrigerator was running and then tell them that they should catch it, or play a multitude of pranks.

    Caller ID was not available, so each time you answered the phone there was a great level of anticipation and mystery finding out who was on the other end each time the phone rang.

    Today, almost everyone has caller ID with name display. Because of this, your number and name are shown to the person you're calling. And from their perspective, a certain level of confidence is assumed because we believe and trust what we see.

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