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Submission + - FTC Announces $50k in Prizes for Robocaller Trap Software (

crazyhorse44 writes: The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is launching two new robocall contests challenging the public to develop a crowd-source honeypot and better analyze data from an existing honeypot. A honeypot is an information system that may be used by government, private and academic partners to lure and analyze robocalls. The challenges are part of the FTC’s long-term multi-pronged effort to combat illegal robocallers and contestants of one of the challenges will compete for $25,000 in a top prize.

As part of Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back, the FTC is asking contestants to create a technical solution for consumers that will identify unwanted robocalls received on landlines or mobile phones, and block and forward those calls to a honeypot. A qualifying phase launches today and runs through June 15, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET; and a second and final phase concludes at DEF CON 23 on Aug. 9, 2015.

Comment Criminal Statute Applicability (Score 1) 335

I assume that this qualifies as a violation of various international laws aimed at curbing and combating the unauthorized use of private computer systems/networks. Resultantly, it appears that some of these government agencies have been acting in complete abrogation of the law, and should face statutory criminal consequences for these actions.

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