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Proposal Number: HSHQDC-17-R-00010-H-SB017.1-003-0001-I
Proposal Title: Real-Time Authentication to Counter Caller ID Spoofing
Topic Number: H-SB017.1-003
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Do Not Spoof Services for Modern Telephony
Organization: Illuma Labs Inc
Address: 7700 Windrose Ave
Suite G300
Plano, TX 75024-  
Abstract: Vulnerabilities in telecommunications channels, particularly mobile phones, are being exploited at alarming rates by malicious attackers to commit fraud, perpetrate scams, and organize data breaches. In addition to loss of taxpayer dollars, such attacks against government agencies such as the DHS can severely compromise national security. A common element of these attacks is the attacker's ability to leverage weaknesses in authentication capabilities of modern telephony systems and to deceptively assume a trusted identity. With the simplicity of caller ID spoofing and the growth of VoIP calling, attackers can spoof any desired caller ID, change their caller ID for every call, and place millions of VoIP calls around the world simultaneously, all while enjoying the protection of being nearly untraceable. The focus of this project is the development of an innovative real-time call authentication system that leverages advanced audio signal processing and machine learning techniques to determine legitimacy of the call when the available metadata is insufficient to make a reliable decision. The core component of the targeted end product will be a smartphone application that provides users with real-time alerts when indications of deception are detected. This will be the first call authentication system of its kind available to end users outside of an enterprise call center setting, and is expected to find broad use across government, corporate, and consumer sectors to protect against the growing incidence of fraud, scams, vishing, and data breach attacks.
Award/Contract Number: HSHQDC-17-C-00034
Period of Performance: 05/02/2017 - 11/01/2017
Award/Contract Value: $99,709.02
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,709.02