FCC adopts new rules to protect consumers from SIM-swapping attacks

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unveiled new regulations aimed at protecting consumers from identity thieves who use port-out and SIM swapping scams to obtain phone numbers.

In July, the FCC’s Privacy and Data Protection Task Force unveiled the new rules. They are designed to prevent scammers from physically taking control of their victims’ devices in order to obtain personal data and information by switching SIM cards or phone numbers to other carriers.

Through SIM swapping attacks, fraudsters deceive a victim’s wireless carrier into rerouting the victim’s service to a device under their control. On the other hand, scammers move the victim’s phone number read more FCC adopts new rules to protect consumers from SIM-swapping attacks.

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