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House Approves Anti-Caller ID Spoofing Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation that would make it a crime for someone to fake their phone's outgoing Caller ID information for nefarious purposes.

The "Truth in Caller ID Act of 2007" would make it "unlawful for any person within the United States, in connection with any telecommunications service or VOIP service, to cause any caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information with the intent to defraud or cause harm."

The House passed a similar bill in April, but the Senate has yet to act on it. This bill will also now head to the Senate. I touched on some of the security and consumer fraud problems introduced by Caller ID spoofing in a piece back in April.

Neither bill would do anything to prevent people from blocking their Caller ID information from being displayed, such as when the Caller ID readout displays "Blocked," or "Unknown Number."

By Brian Krebs  |  June 14, 2007; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  Fraud , U.S. Government  
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