Phishing scams are bad enough, but vishing – or voice phishing – is enjoying a renaissance with the emergence of cellular and voice over IP (VoIP) networks that allow scammers to forge caller ID info and route fraudulent calls through multiple networks, making them difficult if not impossible to trace. So Georgia Tech researchers have created a novel way to identify fraudulent calls with a digital fingerprint that is unique to each individual phone as well as each individual call.
Whatever the views on cap-and-trade systems for greenhouse gas emissions, everyone can agree that it doesn't work when cyber-thieves fraudulently obtain and resell the carbon credits. The mysterious culprits behind a "phishing" scam managed to make millions off of European allowances that permit companies to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases per year, according to Der Spiegel.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.