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‘Strike Force’ aims to end robocall scourge

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>> Robo calls, the automated prerecorded messages generated by machines that seem unstoppable and unblockable, but there may be hope. A team comprised of the biggest tech and telecom companies are banding together with the Federal Communications Commission to put an end to robo calls. 30 plus members including AT&T, Google, Apple, Verizon and Comcast are the robocalls strike force.
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Reuters' correspondent David Shepardson in DC.>> There's so much anger on all political parties where nobody in the US government's in favor of robocalls, and it does raise a lot of anger in Congress and from consumers and so I think there will be long term a technical solution, but it's a lot more complex than people realize.
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I think long term what will have to happen is that the phone number that I call appears to be from will have to be authenticated.>> The strike force had its first meeting Friday.>> And the problem is that that the bad guys are beating the good guys with technology right now.
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Voiceover internet protocol calls from scammers in foreign countries rely on networks that aren't ready to deal with it. The ability to spoof a legitimate phone number is the down side to a digital environment. The strike force plans to meet twice weekly, over the next 60 days, to come up with a plan to fight back by October 19th.