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Humbug Telecom Labs' New Way to Fight Telecom Fraud

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June 21, 2011

Humbug Telecom Labs' New Way to Fight Telecom Fraud

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor

Ramat Hasharon, Israel - June 21, 2011- Humbug Telecom Labs, provider of carrier-class fraud prevention, detection and telecom analytics for PBXs, has announced release of Community Blacklist.

Released into public beta, Humbug’s Community Blacklist, is aimed at “creating a true collaborative environment against the global problem of telecom fraud” —estimated by the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) at $80 billion each year.

Yaniv Rofé, CEO of Humbug Telecom Labs, in the press release announcing Community Blacklist, stated that, as opposed to yesterday’s fragmented environment for committing fraud where the fight against it was by administrators in islands of isolation, today “attacks can quickly spread to multiple PBXs on the same network.” He added that “Humbug’s fraud prevention and detection solution stops that from occurring. It’s why leading vendors are beginning to bundle in fraud protection services into existing PBXs.”

As the name implies, when enabled, Community Blacklist alerts will allow users not only to create their own private blacklists, but make use of the community blacklist which contains over 55,000 abusive/fraudulent numbers. These are submitted by community members, telecom fraud managers, law enforcement agencies and other industry sources such as the CFCA.  The list is constantly being improved and fine-tuned.

Community Blacklist has been added to other alerts provided by Humbug to provide organizations with “a previously unavailable blanket of protection against costly telecom fraud.” Humbug Telecom Labs’ portfolio of customizable real-time alerts integrates with a host of popular open source and proprietary PBX (News - Alert) systems.”

Peter Bernstein is a technology industry veteran, having worked in multiple capacities with several of the industry's biggest brands, including Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert), Telcordia, HP, Siemens, Nortel, France Telecom, and others, and having served on the Advisory Boards of 15 technology startups. To read more of Peter's work, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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