FCC Chair Wants Carriers To Block Robocalls From Spoofed Numbers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The FCC in 2015 made it clear that voice service providers can offer call blocking tools to customers, but commissioners said at the time that more needed to be done about Caller ID spoofing. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has now scheduled a preliminary vote for March 23 on new rules designed to solve the problem. “One particularly pernicious category of robocalls is spoofed robocalls — i.e., robocalls where the caller ID is faked, hiding the caller’s true identity,” the proposal says. “Fraudsters bombard consumers’ phones at all hours of the day with spoofed robocalls, which in some cases lure consumers into scams (e.g., when a caller claims to be collecting money owed to the Internal Revenue Service) or lead to identity theft.” The proposed rules would let providers “block spoofed robocalls when the spoofed Caller ID can’t possibly be valid.” Providers


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NASA Releases Latest Software Catalog to Public to Spur Tech Innovation

If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on the codes that run the Mars rover Curiosity, New Horizons Pluto probe or other NASA spacecraft, here’s your (latest) chance.

The space agency has released its 2017-2018 software catalog to the public, allowing anyone to access NASA codes free of charge.

“The software catalog is our way of supporting the innovation economy by granting access to tools used by today’s top aerospace professionals to entrepreneurs, small businesses, academia and industry,” Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington, D.C., said in a statement.

“Access to these software codes has the potential to generate tangible benefits that create American jobs, earn revenue and save lives,” Jurczyk added.

“Access restrictions” do apply to some of the software packages, however, NASA officials wrote in the same statement.

You can search the 2017-2018 NASA software catalog, and download the 154-page PDF version, here: https://software.nasa.gov

NASA first


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Google Open Sources Encrypted Email Extension For Chrome

Last week Google released E2EMail, “a Gmail client that exchanges OpenPGP mail.” Google’s documentation promises that “Any email sent from the app is also automatically signed and encrypted… The target is a simple user experience — install app, approve permissions, start reading or send sending messages.” Trailrunner7 quotes On The Wire:
People have been trying to find a replacement for PGP almost since the day it was released, and with limited success. Encrypted email is still difficult to use and painful to implement in most cases, but Google has just released a Chrome plugin designed to address those problems.

The new E2EMail extension doesn’t turn a user’s Gmail inbox into an encrypted mail client. Rather, it is a replacement that gives users a separate inbox for encrypted messages. The system is built on Google’s end-to-end encryption library, and the company has released E2EMail as an open-source project.

Wired quotes a web security


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