As some of you may know, June is Online Safety Month. With all the benefits increased connectivity affords the telecommunications industry, we would like to take a moment to remind everyone it is equally as crucial that consumers stay up to speed on the risks that occasionally plague the ecosystem. Consumer smarts and awareness are the greatest defenses against potential scams, which is why we want to draw your attention to the disturbing new trend of ”telephone denial-of-service attack(s)“ as reported by the FBI. Born out of the same vein as regular “denial-of-service” attacks used by computer hackers, criminals are slamming telephone lines in order to target bank accounts and steal from unsuspecting consumers.
The FBI story contains some important reminders about the secure and appropriate disclosure of information online, while providing important resources for those with further questions or who may have experienced such an attack.