FCC Takes on SIM Swapping With Security Recs

 FCC Takes on SIM Swapping With Security Recs

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking action to put a stop to SIM swapping, a form of fraud in which bad actors can take control of peoples’ cellphone accounts by convincing a wireless carrier to transfer the victim’s service from their own phone to one in the possession of the criminal, according to an announcement.

In a second type of scam called port-out fraud, a criminal poses as a victim to open an account with a carrier that is different from the current carrier, arranging it so the victim’s number is “ported out” of the account with the new carrier, the announcement stated.

The FCC said in the announcement that it has received “numerous complaints” from people who have “suffered significant distress, inconvenience and financial harm” from these practices. Its goal is to stop these types of attacks by “proactively addressing the risk of follow-on attacks using stolen data” to cut down on…

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